Texas relegates Big 12 rival Baylor to elimination game

Sunday, June 19, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. -- Texas snapped a four-game losing streak to Big 12 rival Baylor on Saturday night, getting seven strong innings from pitcher Adrian Alaniz and a two-run homer by Seth Johnston in a 5-1 victory over the Bears in the College World Series.

The Longhorns, 0-4 against Baylor this season, avoided becoming the first Texas team to lose five times to an opponent in the same year.

Texas (52-16) advances to a Monday night game against Tulane, which defeated Oregon State 3-1 early Saturday. Baylor (44-23) plays the Beavers in an elimination game Monday afternoon.

Baylor swept a three-game series from the Longhorns in March, then beat them again last month at the Big 12 tournament.

But the Longhorns, in the CWS for a record 32nd time, combined strong pitching and timely hitting to defeat a Baylor team that's in Omaha for only the third time overall and first time since 1978.

Tulane 3, Oregon State 1

Scott Madden made sure the top-seeded Green Wave got a first-round win in the College World Series on Saturday.

Madden delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit double in the seventh inning, sending Tulane to a 3-1 victory over Oregon State and spoiling the Beavers' first CWS appearance since 1952. He is the only player left from Tulane's last trip to Omaha four years ago.

Tulane is attempting to become the first No. 1 national seed to win the CWS since Miami in 1999, when the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 64 teams.

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