No. 8 Texas, Simmons Fall To SWT, 3-1

One of these days, I wouldn&#146;t be surprised to see Southwest Texas State University head coach and former Longhorn <B>Ty Harrington </B>inherit the storied UT baseball program. Before then, let&#146;s hope Texas pitching coach <B>Frank Anderson </B>remedies whatever is ailing Longhorn ace <B>Justin</B> <B>Simmons. </B>

At 14-1 last season, Simmons was the catalyst to Texas’ national championship run. But after the No. 8 Longhorn baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to SWT (7-15) at Disch-Falk Field Tuesday, Simmons saw his season record dip to 2-3.

J.D. Reininger gave Texas a 1-0 lead as he delivered a solo shot in the bottom of the second for his third round-tripper of the year. However, SWT knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the third as Ignacio Suarez doubled with one out, stole third and came home on the strength of Richard Martinez’s RBI-single.

The Bobcats took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a solo home run from Jarrett Williams. SWT pulled ahead 3-1 in the seventh with two base hits combined with a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Southwest Texas State pitchers Tom Robbins and Brandon Hankins held Texas to only two hits through eight innings. But in the bottom of the ninth, Reininger and Curtis Thigpen responded with back-to-back singles. But with two down, outfielder Joe Ferin lined a shot toward the right center field gap that SWT right fielder Jacob Spencer made a running grab on to end the game.

Texas (18-8, 3-0) travels to Stillwater, Okla., to open a three-game series against Oklahoma State (12-7, 0-0) on Friday, 3 p.m.

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