Kevin Lusson hit a three-run homer and Texas cruised to a 9-3 win over Kent State on Sunday night to force today's deciding game in the NCAA baseball tournament's Austin Regional.
The Longhorns (46-16) and Golden Flashes (45-16) will meet, with the winner advancing to the super regionals.
Texas scored three runs in the first, and led 6-3 before Lusson — whose single won it against Texas State earlier in the day — sealed it with his homer in the ninth.
Kent State scored twice in the third thanks to two errors by Texas.
With two outs, Nathan Thornhill (3-0) came on in relief of starter Hoby Milner and allowed one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings of relief. David Starn (9-3) took the loss.
College Station Regional — Josh Garcia homered and Jett Bandy and Bobby Rinard each drove in two runs as Arizona forced a deciding game with a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M.
The Wildcats (39-20) and Aggies (44-19) will meet again tonight, with the winner advancing to the super regionals.
A frightening moment occurred in the third, when A&M's Krey Bratsen lined a ball that struck Arizona starter Tyler Hale on his right (pitching) arm following his delivery. Hale was sprawled on the mound for a few seconds before climbing to his feet. After attempting a warmup pitch, Hale left to a standing ovation.
Arizona trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Robert Refsnyder led off with a double. Rob Childress pulled starter Derrick Hadley for Kyle Martin, but the Wildcats scored three times to take a 4-2 lead.
Corvallis Regional —Brandon Stephen's two-out single in the 11th inning gave Georgia a 5-4 victory over Creighton and eliminated the Missouri Valley Conference champion in three games.
Georgia need to beat host Oregon State twice to advance. Kurt Spomer (3-4) gave up the winning hit for Creighton (45-16).