Texas starting pitcher Chad Hollingsworth delivers against UC Irvine in the first inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nati Harnik

Chad Hollingsworth may have just gotten to campus two years ago, but he’s already established himself as one of the most clutch Texas Longhorns and a fan favorite.

Through two postseason starts, Hollingsworth has been clutch in keeping Texas’ season alive during the NCAA Tournament and College World Series.

Hollingsworth has been lights out and helped Texas beat former rival Texas A&M in the Regional Tournament then get some payback by eliminating California-Irvine in the College World Series on Wednesday.

Not bad for a pitcher that had a 27.27 ERA at one point in the season.

The righty from Waco Robinson is 4-0 this season with a 1.15 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 54.2 innings of work. But it’s been his work this postseason in two elimination games that have made Longhorn fans grateful. Especially since UT came into the postseason without the services of Dillon Peters.

In Texas’ Game 9 win over UC-Irvine, Hollingsworth allowed just four hits and struck out five in 8 1/3 innings of work. Hollingsworth kept UC-Irvine at bay for most of the game. Texas shortstop C.J. Hinojosa hit the game-deciding home run in the top of the seventh.

In his first postseason start, against Texas A&M, Hollingsworth allowed just two hits and an unearned run while striking out five in a complete-game 4-1 win, eliminating the Aggies in the Rice Regional.

Hollingsworth has had an ERA below two runs since mid-March.

Texas plays Vanderbilt today at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. A loss eliminates UT from the CWS, while a win forces the teams to play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a berth in the CWS championship series.

Contact Albert Alvarado at alvarado@kdhnews.com

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