The Texas Longhorns go as their consensus All-American Taylor Jungmann goes.
On this Saturday evening against the Florida Gators, Jungmann scuffled and didn’t show the control and dominance which made him one of the nation’s best during the regular season, leading to a 8-4 Texas loss.
The Longhorns fall to the losers’ bracket of the College World Series where they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday afternoon at 2 CST at TD Ameritrade.
Jungmann was wild during his four innings, only giving up four hits, but uncorking three wild pitches, walking four and striking out only three. Typically, when Jungmann is at his best, he is painting the corners of the strike zone not only with his formidable fastball but also with breaking stuff that at its best can be virtually unhittable.
This evening, he was overthrowing, often missing the zone completely in the dirt or high and tight to right-handed and left-handed batters alike.
When Jungmann was in the zone, Florida’s hitters took full advantage of his mistakes, driving the ball into gaps with ease and scoring runs on extra base hits. In relief, Hobie Milner, Kendal Carillo, and a host of others were adequate, but the damage had already been done.
Texas baseball struggled to manufacture runs, with only a few hits on the evening off of outstanding Florida pitcher Hudson Randall. Randall’s pinpoint control and command throughout the evening had the Texas batters confused and on their heels.
As Texas fans know, the Longhorns have trouble generating offense when they cannot get lead runners on base, preventing them from bunting base-runners into scoring position. This was one of those evenings for Augie Garrido’s squad.
As has been the case all season long, the Longhorns will have to be at their best on Monday with their backs against the ropes.
No one should expect anything less if Augie Garrido has anything to do with it.