Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
CWS Seed: 7.
Coach: Augie Garrido (666-299, 15th season).
Road To Omaha: Won Austin Regional: beat Princeton 5-3, lost to Kent State 7-5, beat Texas State 4-3, beat Kent State 9-3, beat Kent State 5-0. Won Austin Super Regional: lost to Arizona State 3-1, beat Arizona State 5-1, beat Arizona State 4-2.
2011 record vs. CWS teams: 2-1 (vs. Texas A&M).
Last CWS appearance: 2009.
All-time record in CWS: 82-55 (34th appearance).
Meet The Longhorns: C Jacob Felts (.211, 1, 20), 1B Tant Shepherd (.305, 5, 40), 2B Jordan Etier (.238, 2, 26), SS Brandon Loy (.344, 1, 30, 19 SBs), 3B Erich Weiss (.358, 4, 44), LF Jonathan Walsh (.253, 2, 27), CF Paul Montalbano (.279, 0, 28) or Cohl Walla (.231, 0, 18), RF Mark Payton (.269, 0, 24), DH Kevin Lusson (.211, 2, 25). Starting Pitchers: RHP Taylor Jungmann (13-2, 1.38), RHP Cole Green (8-3, 3.03), LHP Sam Stafford (6-2, 1.72). Relievers: RHP Corey Knebel (3-2, 1.15, 19 saves), LHP Hoby Milner (7-4, 2.53), RHP Kendal Carrillo (6-1, 2.45, 1 save), RHP Nathan Thornhill (3-0, 1.69), LHP Andrew McKirahan (3-0, 2.95).
All-Star Alumni: Roger Clemens, Dennis Cook, Ron Gardenhire, Jerry Don Gleaton, Burt Hooton, J.P. Howell, Brooks Kieschnick, Keith Moreland, Spike Owen, Shane Reynolds, Bruce Ruffin, Calvin Schiraldi, Huston Street, Greg Swindell, Drew Stubbs.
Short Hops: Longhorns are only Division I team to play in all eight decades of CWS, and are making record 34th appearance. ... Texas won first CWS played at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, beating Washington State in 1950, and have chance to do same at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. ... This year marks fifth decade that Garrido has led team to College World Series, and is only coach to win titles in four different decades (1979, '84, '95, 2002, '05). ... Longhorns open against Florida Gators — only other time they've played was in 2005 CWS when Texas beat them twice for national title. ... Jungmann was Big 12 pitcher of year and is finalist for Golden Spikes Award and Howser Trophy, both given to nation's top college player. But both of his losses have come in postseason. ... Knebel, a freshman, enters CWS having tied school single-season record for saves. ... Weiss was named Big 12 freshman of year after solid year at plate.
Quotable: "We are out to win a national championship and it's the first step, we have achieved our goals to win a regional and a super regional, but our overall goal is right out in front of us." — Loy, on making it back to Omaha.