Where’s the ball?! Texas fielders totally lose Stanford’s hit in the sky as costly error leads to bizarre walk-off win and send rivals to the College World Series
- Texas fielders couldn’t track Drew Bowser’s pop fly and Stanford walked it off
- Stanford is set to play Wake Forest, the top seed in the tournament
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Drew Bowser hit a routine fly that Texas outfielders couldn’t find in the twilight sky, allowing Alberto Rios to score the game-winning run from second, and Stanford edged the Longhorns 7-6 on Monday night to advance to its third straight College World Series.
Rios was nearly thrown out at second for the third out of the ninth after his long fly to left hit off the wall.
Texas almost got out of the inning again when Bowser hit a high fly, but it dropped about 15 feet from outfielder Dylan Campbell.
Stanford (44-18) will play top-seeded Wake Forest on Saturday in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bowser made it 2-0 in the second with his third home run in three games.
Drew Bowser (R) celebrates his walk-off hit to send Stanford to the College World Series
Bowser’s pop fly got lost in the sky by fielder Dylan Campbell – who couldn’t make the play
It spoiled Texas’ chances for making their third consecutive appearance in the CWS
Stanford scored three runs with two outs in the fourth for a 6-3 lead. Carter Graham followed an intentional walk with an RBI single to break a tie and Braden Montgomery added a two-run single for a three-run lead.
Texas (42-22) was also seeking its third consecutive appearance in the College World Series.
Campbell tied it at 6-all in the eighth with a single and then turned a double play on a long throw from right field to retire Saborn Campbell at third.
The other matchups in the College World Series – beginning this Friday – are as follows: Oral Roberts v. TCU; No. 7 Virginia v. No. 2 Florida; Tennessee v. No. 5 LSU.