OMAHA, Neb. — Parker French and Travis Duke limited Louisville to four hits, and Texas manufactured runs in three straight innings to beat the Cardinals 4-1 in a College World Series elimination game Monday.
The Longhorns (44-20) ended a four-game CWS losing streak dating to 2009 and will play UC Irvine in another elimination game Wednesday. Louisville (50-17) went 0-2 at the CWS for the second straight year and is 1-6 in three appearances in Omaha.
French (7-5) held the Cardinals to four singles in 7.1 innings, and Duke retired their last five batters.
Louisville sophomore starter Anthony Kidston (9-1) lost for the first time in 15 decisions as a collegian. The Cardinals committed four errors, just as they did in their elimination-game loss to Oregon State last year.
Texas opened the scoring on Ben Johnson’s sacrifice fly after Zane Guritz doubled leading off the third inning. The Longhorns added a run in the fourth on Kacy Clemens’ RBI groundout and another in the fifth when Mark Payton came home on second baseman Zach Lucas’ throwing error.
VANDERBILT 6, UC IRVINE 4: Walker Buehler pitched 5.1 innings of no-hit relief, and John Norwood drove in the go-ahead run and another for insurance in Vanderbilt’s win.
Buehler took over for struggling first-round pick Tyler Beede and moved Vanderbilt within a win of the championship round. The Commodores (48-19) will play in a bracket final Friday against the winner of a Wednesday elimination game between UC Irvine (41-24) and Texas.
Buehler (12-2) retired the first nine batters he faced and finished with seven strikeouts in only his third relief appearance of the year.
Norwood’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth inning put Vanderbilt up 5-4, and his two-out single in the seventh made it a two-run game.