Texas beats ECU 11-1, clinches program’s 38th trip to CWS

Jun 12, 2022, 10:40 AM | Updated: 10:45 pm
Texas' Tristan Stevens throws a pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional bas...

Texas' Tristan Stevens throws a pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

(AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

              Texas' Ivan Melendez gestures to the crowd after his home run during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              East Carolina's Danny Beal throws a pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against Texas on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              Texas' Ivan Melendez gestures at home plate after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              Texas' Murphy Stehly reacts after hitting a two run double during the second inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              Texas' Eric Kennedy reacts to reaching first base on a bunt single during the second inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              Texas' Murphy Stehly catches a fly ball hit by East Carolina's Jacob Starling during the second inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              East Carolina's Garrett Saylor reacts after striking out Texas' Ivan Melendez during the third inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              East Carolina's Zach Agnos reacts after scoring during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against Texas on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              A grounds crew member works to dry the field prior to the restart of an NCAA college super regional baseball game between Texas and East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)
            
              Texas' Tristan Stevens throws a pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college super regional baseball game against East Carolina on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ivan Melendez hit a three-run home run, Skyler Messinger went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Texas beat ECU 11-1 Sunday to win the best-of-three Greenville Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.

Texas (47-20) clinched the program’s 38th trip to Omaha, Nebraska, seeking its seventh national title and its first since 2005.

Tristan Stevens (7-6) scattered five hits and three walks over six one-run innings with five strikeouts. Travis Sthele and Jared Southard combined to allow just two baserunners — a pair of walks by Sthele — and struck out two over three innings of no-hit relief.

First pitch was delayed by nearly an hour due to lightning in the area and a second weather delay in the middle of the first stalled the game for almost 5 hours.

Douglas Hodo III led off the game with a single and then stole second and Eric Kennedy drew an eight-pitch walk before Melendez hit his 32nd home run of the season to give Texas a 3-0 lead and Murphy Stehly hit a two-run double in the Longhorn’s five-run second to make it 9-1.

The Pirates’ 13-7 victory in the opener Friday gave them 22 win in their previous 23 games but back-to-back losses to Texas ended ECU’s season and dashed any hope of the first College World Series appearance in program history.

ECU had a five-run lead in the middle of the seventh inning Saturday before the Longhorns scored seven runs in the final three innings to stave off elimination and force Game 3.

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