Hinojosa’s Home Run Helps the Texas Longhorns Advance in the College World Series

C.J. Hinojosa has hit one for the College World Series record books…

The college baseball player broke a long CWS homer drought in the seventh inning, and Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke limited UC Irvine to four hits in the Texas Longhorns’ 1-0 win over the Anteaters – first shutout of this year’s CWS – in an elimination game Wednesday night.

C.J. Hinojosa
C.J. Hinojosa

Hinojosa’s second homer of the season was the first at the CWS in 115 innings dating to last year.

“Four players fainted,” Texas coach Augie Garrido joked, describing his dugout’s reaction when Hinojosa’s drive left TD Ameritrade Park.

The Longhorns (45-20), who won just the second 1-0 game at the CWS since 1985, advance to a bracket final against Vanderbilt. They need to beat the Commodores (48-19) on Friday and again Saturday to reach next week’s best-of-three finals.

In the seventh inning, Hinojosa’s homerun came against Irvine left-handed starter Evan Manarino‘s 2-0 fastball and was launched into a 24 mph cross wind. The ball hit the back wall in the bullpen in left field for his fourth homer in 115 career games and first since April 11. It was only the 23rd home run since the CWS moved to cavernous TD Ameritrade Park in 2011.

“I was just trying to see a good pitch,” Hinojosa said. “I put a good swing on it, and it flew out. I think the wind might have changed. That was kind of lucky on our side.”

Garrido Becomes the Winningest Coach in College Baseball History

It’s official… Augie Garrido is the ultimate winner in college baseball…

The 75-year-old Latino head coach at the University of Texas at Austin became the winningest coach in college baseball history on Tuesday night when his No. 16-ranked Longhorns team defeated Texas State University 5-1.

Augie Garrido

The UT win resulted in Garrido’s 1,894th career victory, supplanting longtime Division II and NAIA coach Gordon Gillespie.

Garrido, currently in his 45th season of collegiate coaching and his 39th in Division I, had previously become the winningest coach in Division I in 2003.

Garrido, who has coached the Longhorns since 1997, has led Texas to two national championships, in 2002 and 2005. He guided Cal State Fullerton to College World Series titles in 1979, 1984 and 1995.

Garrido has garnered National Coach of the Year honors five times during his illustrious career (1975, 1979, 1984, 1985, 2002), regional coach of the year accolades following six different seasons (1975, 1979, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2004) and conference coach of the year distinctions on three occasions (1987, 1995, 2002).