OMAHA, Neb. - Connor Rowe hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, shortly after Cameron Rupp tied it with a homer of his own as Texas came from behind to beat Arizona State, 4-3, in the College World Series last night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Rowe sent a shot into the left-field seats that eliminated the Sun Devils (51-14), then sprinted around the bases with his helmet raised in his right hand as his celebrating teammates waited at home plate to greet him.
Two batters earlier, Rupp had homered over the 22-foot wall in straightaway center field to tie it.
Texas (49-14-1) advanced to the CWS best-of-three finals starting Monday against Louisiana State (54-16).
Earlier in the day, LSU batters hit four home runs and ace righthander Anthony Ranaudo threw six solid innings as the Tigers eliminated Arkansas (41-24) with a 14-5 victory that sent them into the finals.
The Tigers have hit nine homers in three CWS games and 102 overall.