Texas loses College World Series opener to Notre Dame, 7-3

Stehly scored the final run of the game for the Longhorns on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. (Photo: Dylan Widger, USA TODAY Sports)

BATTING ORDER

Texas: 1. Douglas Hodo III, Soph., CF (.319/.414/.533); 2. Eric Kennedy, Jr., LF (.305/.393/.482); 3. Ivan Melendez, Jr., 1B (.396/.516/.888); 4. Murphy Stehly, Sr., 2B (.375/.434/.680); 5. Austin Todd, Sr., DH (.331/.411/.489); 6. Skyler Messinger (.372/.422/.574); 7. Silas Ardoin, Soph., C (.276/.399/.526); 8. Dylan Campbell, Soph., RF (.265/.365/.500); 9. Trey Faltine, Soph., SS (.286/.399/.564)

Our Lady: 1. Ryan Cole, Sr., LF (.312/.434/.508); 2. Jared Miller, Sr., 2B (.270/.382/.390); 3. Carter Putz, Sr., 1B (.336/.393/.513); 4. Jack Zyska, Sr., DH (.317/.406/.676); 5. David LaManna, Sr., C (.348/.415/.454); 6. Jack Brannigan, Jr., 3B (.296/.361/.557); 7. Zack Prajzner, Sr., SS (.289/.359/.423); 8. Brooks Coetzee, Sr., RF (.267/.358/.462); 9. Spencer Myers, Sr., CF (.226/.323/.286)

PITCHING MATCHUP

Texas: Pete Hansen, Soph., LHP (11-2, 3.40 ERA, 103.1 innings, 85 hits and 19 walks allowed with 115 strikeouts)

Our Lady: John Michael Bertrand, Sr., LHP (9-3, 2.69 ERA, 103.2 innings, 91 hits and 20 walks allowed with 107 strikeouts)

FIRST INNING

— With one out, the Fighting Irish draw first blood. Miller goes the other way, taking a fastball offering from Hansen to right field for a solo home run that creeps over the wall and into the bullpen. The 365-foot solo shot puts the Longhorns down on the scoreboard early.

Notre Dame 1, Texas 0

— Hansen gets Putz to fly out to center and gets Zyska to ground out to Melendez, who flips to Hansen covering first base for the third and final out of the inning. Hansen’s 13-pitch inning is in the books.

— Bertrand retires the Longhorns in order in the home half, striking out Hodo and getting Kennedy to ground out to first before Melendez works the count full only to ground out to third. The gates didn’t open for fans to file into the stadium until shortly before 6 pm, resulting in a crowd that’s filing in and getting to their seats as the Fighting Irish come to bat in the second.

SECOND INNING

— Hansen is in a jam with runners on base for the first time tonight. LaManna’s leadoff single gets by a diving Faltine through the left side of the infield and into the left field. With one out, Prajzner lines a single to center, putting two on with one down in the Notre Dame second as Hansen tries to minimize and get out of the inning unscathed.

— Hansen gets the job done and gets out of the inning with the Irish standing the two runners on base. Coetzee checks his swing on an elevated fastball for the second on out Hansen’s first strikeout of the game. Myers rolls one over to Messinger, who retired the No. 9 hitter in the Notre Dame order at first base to end the inning.

— Successful challenge by Pierce keeps the inning alive. Messinger’s groundout to second on a tremendous play by Miller going to his left is initially ruled an out, but the call is overturned after a review by the umpiring crew. It’s a single for Messinger and the Longhorns get their first runner on base against Bertrand.

— After yanking a long drive foul down the left-field line, Ardoin grounds out to short to end the inning. It’s a one-hit inning for the Longhorns with one left on base. Hansen is back on the rubber to go through the Notre Dame order for the second time tonight.

THIRD-INNING

— The Irish put together a scoring threat with no outs. Hansen plunks Cole, who then steals second base before a single through the left side with Miller poking one past a diving Messinger gets into left field. It’s first and third with no outs for Notre Dame with Putz coming to the plate.

— Putz hits one on the ground to Messinger, who goes to second to retire Miller. It’s a 5-4 fielder’s choice with an RBI for Putz as Cole scores from second base to extend the lead for the Irish.

Notre Dame 2, Texas 0

— Back-to-back strikeouts of Zyska and LaManna get Hansen out of the inning. It’s a one-run, one-hit inning for the Irish with one left on base. Hansen has allowed four hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts through three innings of work (49 pitches).

— After Campbell draws a leadoff walk, the Longhorns execute the hit-and-run to perfection. Faltine’s liner to center allows Campbell to go from first to third, putting runners at the corners with no outs and the top of the Texas order back up.

— With one out, Kennedy gets a bunt down to bring Campbell home. Bertrand goes to second base to retire Faltine, putting Kennedy on first base with an RBI sacrifice bunt. The Longhorns get a run back with a chance to cut into the deficit as Melendez comes to the plate with a runner on first base.

Notre Dame 2, Texas 1

— Melendez doesn’t drive in a run, but a single to left-center gets Kennedy to third base. The Longhorns put together another first-and-third threat, this time with two outs and Stehly coming to the plate.

— Stehly swings and misses Bertrand’s 57th pitch of the game with the Notre Dame lefty’s third strikeout of the game ending the Texas threat in the third. It’s a one-run, two-hit inning for the Longhorns with a man left on base.

FOURTH INNING

— It’s the second inning in a row for Notre Dame to put together a first-and-third scoring threat. After an infield single to lead off the inning, Brannigan goes from first to third on a hard-hit single to left by Coetzee. The Irish threaten to add to the lead with runners at the corners and one out.

— While the first overturned call of the game helps the Longhorns, Texas gets burned by the second. A bunt by Myers is picked up off of the grass by Hansen, who flips the ball to the plate where Ardoin makes the tag for the second out of the inning. Rather than retiring the lead runner, however, the replay shows Brannigan’s hand on catching the plate almost right as Ardoin applies the tag. The angle is conclusive enough for the umpiring crew to overturn the call with the Irish adding to the lead on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Myers and Pierce is out of challenges for the rest of the game.

Notre Dame 3, Texas 1

— Hansen plunks Miller to load the bases with two outs, but Stehly snags a liner off of the bat of Putz to end the inning. The Irish score a run on two hits off of Hansen, who gets out of a bases-loaded jam on pitch No. 66 of his outing.

— Bertrand makes quick work of the Longhorns in the home half, recording a three-up, three-down inning on nine pitches. Hansen goes back to work looking to keep the Irish off of the scoreboard in the fifth.

FIFTH INNING

— Three singles in a row by the Irish knock Hansen out of the game. With runners on first and second and one out, Prajzner’s single up the middle brings Brannigan around from second to score and with runners on first and third and one out, Pierce goes to the bullpen and brings senior righty Tristan Stevens (7-6, 4.89) into the game.

Notre Dame 4, Texas 1

— Stevens is called for a balk for attempting a pickoff at third base. It’s the first multi-run inning for the Irish, who are in firm control of things in Omaha.

Notre Dame 5, Texas 1

— Myers rips a single to right field that gets by the outstretched arm of Melendez for a single. Prajzner scores from second on the 10th hit of the night for the Irish, who’ve opened up a five-run lead thanks to a three-run inning that’s not over.

Notre Dame 6, Texas 1

— The inning ends when Ardoin throws Myers out at second base trying to steal. That’s the 22nd runner Ardoin has thrown out this season with this one ending a three-run, four-hit inning for the Irish. Hansen’s final line has him getting roughed up to the tune of six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings (86 pitches).

— There’s nothing for the Longhorns to do except attempt to chip away at the five-run deficit, which they do thanks to Campbell and Hodo. Campbell leads off the inning with a single and a stolen base puts him in scoring position for Hodowho comes through with a single to left that brings Campbell in from second.

Notre Dame 6, Texas 2

— Kennedy pops out to Brannigan in foul territory and Melendez grounds into an unassisted fielder’s choice at second to end the inning. With a five-run lead for the Irish down to four, a one-run, two-hit inning is at least a start for the Longhorns in their effort to get back within striking distance of the lead.

SiXTH INNING

— Stevens erases a one-out walk issued to Miller by getting Putz to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. It’s Stehly, Todd and Messinger due up for the Longhorns in the home half.

— Stehly gets things started with a single to left. He advances to second on a wild pitch by Bertrand and when Todd ends six-pitch at-bat ends by grounding out to short, Bertrand’s night ends with Stehly on third base and one out. Righty Alex Rao (3-1, 4.06) is out of the bullpen and on the mound for the Irish.

— A wild pitch by Rao allows Stehly to score from third base. The Longhorns get the leadoff man and he gets home to make it a three-run game.

Notre Dame 6, Texas 3

— Rao strikes out Messinger and Ardoin to end the inning. Bertrand’s 96-pitch outing is in the books with the Longhorns scoring three runs on six hits off of the Irish starter, whose 5.1 innings include one walk and four strikeouts. Texas is down to nine defensive outs and needs to make a push in a hurry to avoid a date with Texas A&M on Sunday in an elimination game.

SEVENTH INNING

— Stevens is locked in, retiring the Irish in order in the top of the inning. Strikeouts of LaManna and Brannigan end the inning with the Longhorns bringing Campbell, Faltine and Hodo to the plate in the home half.

— Campbell and Faltine send rockets to third base on consecutive pitches, but they’re retired for two quick outs. After Rao walks Hodo on four pitches, Notre Dame brings lefty Jack Findlay (6-2, 1.99 ERA with three saves) into the game.

— Findlay wins the lefty-lefty matchup by striking out Kennedy to get out of the inning. The Longhorns are down their last six outs with Stevens headed back to the mound with 36 pitches under his belt.

EIGHTH INNING

— It’s six in a row retired by Stevens as he sets the Irish down in the top of the inning. An eight-pitch inning for Stevens gives the Longhorns a chance in the home half with Melendez, Stehly and Todd due up.

— Findlay does his job by striking out Melendez, getting Stehly to fly out to center and getting Todd to ground out to third to make quick work of Texas in the eighth. It’s up to Stevens to get the offense back to the plate without the Irish expanding the lead.

NINTH INNING

— After retiring eight in a row, Stevens surrenders what might be the exclamation point for Notre Dame. Putz’s two-out solo home run to left extends the Irish lead to four runs, putting the Longhorns in an even bigger hole in the home half.

Notre Dame 7, Texas 3

— Zyska grounds out to short to end the inning. The Longhorns will bring Messinger, Ardoin and Campbell to the plate down to their final three outs.

— Findlay gets Messinger to fly out to center, Ardoin to ground out to short and Campbell to ground out to third to end the game. The Longhorns lose their opener in Omaha and will face Texas A&M on Sunday with their season on the line.

FINAL: Notre Dame 7, Texas 3

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