TEXAS GETS BOOST FROM FRESHMEN

Texas battled to a 2-2 series split with Rice in UT's first action of the 2015 baseball season - and it was some freshmen who came up big late in Game 4 for the Longhorns.

Texas overcame a 3-0 deficit and got two, clutch, two-out hits in the top of the 10th from redshirt freshman 3B Bret Boswell, who moved Tres Barrera (who walked) into scoring position, followed by an RBI double from Michael McCann that scored Barrera for the game-winning run.

Junior RHP Chad Hollingsworth started the game for Texas and went 4 2/3 innings (faced 22 batters), giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 8 hits with 1 K and 1 walk.

He was replaced by senior LHP Kirby Bellow, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits with 3 Ks while facing 9 batters.

Then, Culbreth, the junior lefty, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits with 1 K and 1 walk while facing 11 batters.

 

Freshman righty Kyle Johnston got the last two outs (1 K, 1 walk, 3 batters faced).

Culbreth and Johnston combined to shut down Rice in the bottom of the 10th for the 4-3 win.

Texas coach Augie Garrido was happy with the play of his freshmen at crunch time, especially Johnston, who came into the 10th with a man on second and one out and got the final two outs.

"Well they have all been very successful in their own right [before coming to Texas]," Garrido said. "[Kyle] Johnston, of the freshman pitchers, has had the most experience in that role, and that's why we saved him for that role.

"He has actually pitched a lot in high school as a closer. He looked really relaxed. And the mature sign of his relaxation and his confidence in himself was, first of all, even recognizing the pickoff sign, and then executing it to almost perfection.

"The timing was really good on that. He was really aggressive but still under control. That might be the highlight of the whole weekend. There were a lot of good things, and there were a lot of negative things, but I thought his performance was really good."

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