Confident Texas two wins away from College World Series appearance

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Pete Hansen isn’t shy about his belief in the No. 2 national seed Texas Longhorns.

South Florida, the No. 4 seed in the Gainesville Regional, is the only team that stands between Texas and a 37th appearance in the College World Series after an unlikely run through the ACC Tournament and then past Florida, Miami, and South Alabama.

“At the end of the year, I think we’re going to show everyone who we really are — and that’s the No. 1 team in the nation,” Hansen said on Sunday.

With No. 1 national seed Arkansas needing a late rally in the Fayetteville Regional to beat Nebraska while Texas went undefeated in the Austin Regional by outscoring its three opponents 33-5, the Longhorns certainly have a case for that claim. The plus-28 margin over those three games was the most for Texas in the new tournament format since the national championship season in 2005 (plus-32).

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