Inning after inning, Austin Wood kept heading back out to the mound.
First called on in the seventh in a 2-2 tie against Boston College, the senior left-hander expected to work a few batters, maybe an inning — or two — to help the top-seeded Longhorns on their way in the NCAA tournament Austin regional.
But one batter led to another, one inning rolled into another and Wood stayed on the mound, mowing down batters while working a masterpiece. In the longest game in NCAA history, Wood pitched 13 innings, including 12 1/3 of no-hit ball, before the Longhorns pulled out a 3-2 win in a 25-inning epic. Wood threw 169 pitches, struck out 14 and gave up two hits.
The game began at 6:02 p.m. Saturday in Austin, Texas, and concluded 7 hours, 3 minutes later at 1:05 a.m. Sunday. There were three “seventh-inning stretches” and the teams played nearly the equivalent of three full ballgames.