By MARK ROSNERAssociated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - All-American Kody Clemens drove in two runs, one with his 23rd home run of the season, and Texas defeated Tennessee Tech 4-2 on Sunday to even their NCAA Tournament best-of-three super regional series at one victory apiece.
Game 3 is Monday.
Texas (41-21) starter Chase Shugart (6-3) allowed just one run and two hits (he walked five) before leaving after six innings. Shugart picked up a win and a save as Texas won the regional it hosted to advance to the super regional.
The Longhorns jumped ahead 2-0 after two innings. Clemens, a finalist for national player of the year awards, lined a double to right center to drive in one run in the first.
Ryan Reynolds hit a bloop opposite field double to left that gave Texas a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Tech (53-11), which leads the nation in batting average and home runs, produced just three hits and has one homer in two games here.
The Golden Eagles, home team for Game 2, cut the deficit in half in the second with a single, walk and throwing error by Clemens while trying to complete a double play.
Clemens didn't take long to atone; he slugged a solo home run off losing pitcher Travis Moths (13-3) with one out in the third for a 3-1 lead. Clemens also hit a home run in the 5-4 Texas loss in Game 1.
Texas added a fourth run with an RBI single by Tate Shaw in the seventh inning.
Shugart walked two batters in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one out, Chase Chambers and Trevor Putzig hit benign fly balls to end the inning.
Blair Henley, a front-line starter making his first relief appearance of the season, replaced Shugart in the seventh. He was greeted by David Garza, who hit his 17th home run of the season. Henley picked up a saveCopyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.