Bats Silenced In 2-0 Loss To Texas

Texas starting pitcher Justin Simmons tossed ten shutout innings to lead the Longhorns to a 2-0, ten inning win over the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night. It was the first time since last April the Cardinal had been shutout as they were also held to a season-low five hits. Read on for a complete recap.

Yesterday the Cardinal waited until the ninth inning to wake-up the bats.  Today it never happened.  Texas starter Justin Simmons threw ten shutout innings as the Longhorns evened the series with the top ranked Stanford Cardinal with a 2-0, ten inning win.  Stanford starter Tim Cunningham matched Simmons through the first nine innings, but the Longhorns finally broke through in the tenth inning off reliever Drew Ehrlich for two runs and then held on for the win.

Texas' best opportunities to score off Cunningham came in the first, fifth, and sixth innings.  In the first, the Longhorns (25-7) put runners on second and third with one out, but Cunningham got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.  In the fifth, Tim Moss doubled with two outs and after a walk to Brandon Fahey put two runners on base, Cunningham retired Omar Quintanilla on a groundout to end the threat.  Then in the sixth inning, Jeff Ontiveros and Eric Sultemeier reached on consecutive singles with one out.  But Cunningham again settled down to get a strikeout and a groundout to keep the score tied 0-0.

Stanford's best chances off Simmons came in the fifth and eighth innings.  In the fifth, Arik VanZandt walked with one out and after Donny Lucy grounded into a fielder's choice, Tobin Swope (who was making his first career start) singled to put runners on first and second.  But Chris O'Riordan was unable to drive the runs home as he flew out to center field to end the inning.  Certainly Stanford's best chance to score came in the bottom of the eighth.  With one out, O'Riordan singled and then advanced to third when Sam Fuld doubled to right-center field.  The Longhorns elected to intentionally walk Ryan Garko to load the bases and set-up the double play.  Up stepped Jason Cooper and Cooper couldn't get the job done as he struck out on a 3-2 pitch for the second out of the inning.  That brought Carlos Quentin to the plate with the bases still loaded and Quentin also struck out to end the rally.

Meanwhile, Tim Cunningham was setting down the Texas hitters with ease.  At one point in the later innings, he had retired nine consecutive batters.  The junior lefty came out of the game after nine innings as he gave up only seven hits, walked three, and struck out a season-high eight batters.  With the score still tied 0-0 heading into the tenth, Coach Marquess elected to go with Drew Ehrlich out of the bullpen.  After striking out Fahey to begin the inning, Ehrlich gave up a double to Quintanilla and then advanced him to third on a wild pitch.  #4 hitter Ryan Hubele was the next batter and Hubele delivered as he doubled to deep left field easily scoring Quintanilla and Texas had a 1-0 lead.  Jeff Ontiveros was then intentionally walked, but the move didn't pay off as Eric Sultemeier then singled home Hubele for a 2-0 Longhorns lead.  That ended Ehrlich's day as Ryan McCally was summoned from the bullpen.  McCally was able to get out of the jam, but the damage had already been done.  Simmons went back out to the mound in the bottom of the tenth and showing no signs of fatigue, retired the Stanford hitters 1-2-3 to end the game.

Game Notes :
* Jason Cooper's hitting streak came to an end at 14 games.  The junior DH went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

* Tobin Swope got his first start of his Stanford career.  The junior got the nod at shortstop and went 1-for-4 with a single and played flawless defense out in the field.

* Simmons' final pitching line saw him go ten innings while giving up only five hits.  He walked three and struck out five to improve to 8-0 on the season.

* This was Texas' fifth shutout in their last six games.

Texas     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  2   -   2   10   1
Stanford  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0   -   0    5   0

The series will conclude tomorrow at Sunken Diamond with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm.  John Hudgins (4-0, 4.11) is scheduled to start on the hill for Stanford while Texas is expected to counter with Ray Clark (3-2, 2.98).

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