Bullets were flying from TD Ameritrade Park to CWS. Then the State of Mississippi and Texas played | University sport
Whether it’s his fastball, slider, or curveball, Bednar has mastered batter after batter with precision.
“I thought Will was excellent; he was able to control the fastball all over the area and once he activated that slider it was just hard to sit on either court, ”Lemonis said. “When he hit his stride around the third or fourth round he was as good as I saw him.”
While Bednar is a borderline MLB first-round prospect, Texas’s Ty Madden is one of the nation’s top college pitching prospects, and he plans to be a Top 10 pick.
Big 12 player of the year Madden finished with 10 strikeouts, but the Bulldogs managed to break through with a two-run fifth inning. Kamren James had a walk from the start and came in to score on a sacrificial volley before Brad Cmbest put in a triple RBI in the right corner of the field for a 2-0 lead.
When Bednar finally left the game late in the seventh inning, things didn’t get much easier for Texas (47-16). The state of Mississippi turned to its plug out of the pen, freshman Landon Sims, and it didn’t disappoint. Texas had three of their four total hits in the bottom of the ninth, including a solo homerun that added tension to the game, but they couldn’t cross out an even run.
Texas may be the program with the most University World Series appearances (37), but the six-time national champions haven’t seen much success lately. The Longhorns’ only offensive success came late in the ninth inning with a Mike Antico solo home run and a pair of singles.