Eric Olson-AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cameron Rupp’s second home run of the game broke a seventh-inning tie, and Texas overcame a six-run deficit to beat Arizona State 10-6 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
Rupp drove Mitchell Lambson’s first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field wall to give the Longhorns the lead. He also hit a three-run homer to start Texas’ comeback in the fourth.
No. 1-seeded Texas (48-14-1) is 2-0 in the CWS and has advanced to the Bracket 2 final on Friday. The Longhorns need one more win to reach next week’s best-of-three championship round. They will play either ASU (50-13) or North Carolina on Friday.
Freshman Taylor Jungmann (10-3) earned his second win in relief at the CWS, holding ASU to two hits in 5 2-3 shutout innings. Lambson (9-4) took the loss.
An anticipated pitchers duel between the nation’s top two staffs never materialized. Arizona State came in with a 2.76 ERA, and Texas was at 2.86.
Texas jumped on ASU star Mike Leake for six runs in the fourth and finished with 15 hits in a game that lasted 4 hours, 4 minutes.
Leake, the No. 8 pick by the Cincinnati Reds and the Pac-10 pitcher of the year, had come in with a 1.36 ERA, which ranked second only to San Diego State star and No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg.
The six runs were the most given up this season by Leake, whose 3 1-3-inning outing marked the shortest of his 17 starts. He had gone at least seven innings in his previous 15 starts and hadn’t gone fewer than six until Tuesday. He gave up eight hits and walked two.