Texas Baseball Splits With Stanford

With one more game left on the schedule - Tuesday at home versus Incarnate Word - before Big 12 play begins, Augie Garrido's Texas team won 12-4 at Stanford Sunday, splitting a four-game series 2-2.

Texas improved to 10-6 on the season behind a 5-for-5 day at the plate from Ben Johnson on Sunday. The Horns got things going with a huge, 2-out, 2 RBI single from Taylor Stell in the first inning that helped UT go up, 5-0 after the Horns' first at-bat.

UT also got a lot of help in the first inning from Stanford starting P Griffin Weir, who walked 4 batters and gave up 5 runs (all earned) in just two-thirds of an inning of work. Weir was the losing pitcher.

Texas added 2 more runs in the second inning and went up 7-0 as Tres Barrera hammered a 2-run HR after C.J. Hinojosa walked.

Texas LHP Josh Sawyer improved to 2-1 after going 5 innings and giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

After Travis Duke struggled in relief of Sawyer, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits in just two-thirds of an inning of work, freshman Kyle Johnston (2.1 innings of work, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 K, 10 batters faced) and Connor Mayes (1.0 inning of work, 0 hits, 1 K, 3 batters faced) combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for UT.

Here's a look at Texas' offensive explosion on Sunday:

Ben Johnson - 5-5, 2 RBI

Collin Shaw - 2-5, 2 RBI

Tres Barrera - 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

Brooks Marlow - 2-4

Bret Boswell - 1-4, 1 RBI

Michael Cantu - 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI

Taylor Stell - 1-4, 2 RBI

Zane Gurwitz - 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

Texas won Games 3 and 4 after Stanford won Games 1 and 2 in the series.


UT faces Incarnate Word at home on Tuesday before beginning B12 play at the Disch on Friday vs West Virginia.

Garrido said his team entered the series in the wrong frame of mind after a 6-hour delay at the airport on the way to Palo Alto, Calif.

"We really improved in every game we played here," Garrido said. "The toughest game was the first one.

"I didn't want to bring it up, but the players spent six hours in the airport waiting to take off and got here at 3:30 in the morning.

"So they had a lot of adjustments to make prior to that first game. We were uncharacteristically impatient and swinging at bad pitches. But we got it straightened out and ended the series in the right way."

Garrido said getting the 2-2 series split with Stanford was "really important for the RPI."

"If you split 50-50, you're coming out of it with a pretty good score. But if you go three losses and one win, it really adds up in the wrong way quickly."

Garrido said Sawyer has improved his performance on the mound this season with each appearance.

"He's got a little perfectionist in him which is part of what makes him good," Garrido said. "He practices right, takes his bullpens and really works at them game-like. He's an up-and-coming star pitcher for us."

Garrido said Ben Johnson has put in a lot of work in the weight room to get stronger and faster - and was already the strongest and fastest guy on the team.

"He's the hardest working guy (on the team)," Garrido said. "He really takes care of himself, and I think this is really leading towards a level of confidence that he really feels like he deserves to be successful.

"That's a very important element, that feeling of confidence he has, it's almost magical the way it turns into base hits. He got five of them today, which is a pretty good season for a lot of people. He's really doing a great job for us."


Some key inning highlights:

After Michael Cantu blasts a double to left center and Taylor Stell grounds out, Zane Gurwitz, who had been 0-for on the day, smashes a bomb over the left field wall for a 2-run HR off of Colton Hock.

Texas 11, Stanford 4 ... T9

Stanford making a pitching change.

Then Ben Johnson triples off new Stanford P David Schmidt, who promptly is replaced by Andrew Summerville, who gives up a single to Collin Shaw, scoring Johnson.

Texas 12, Stanford 4 ... T9


Texas' Barrera, Marlow and Boswell go down 1, 2, 3 in the top of the 8th.


Kyle Johnston gets out of a jam in the bottom of the 7th inning, getting Stanford's 1, 2 and 3 hitters in succession after allowing two base runners.


After Cantu and Stell both walk, Gurwitz grounds out, moving Cantu to 3B and Stell to 2B.

And Stanford makes a pitching change. Gone is Tyler Thorne and in comes Colton Hock, who gives up a single to Ben Johnson (who is now 4-for-4 at the plate today).

That scores Cantu and moves Stell to 3B.

Then Collin Shaw singles and scores Stell.

Texas 9, Stanford 4 ... heading to the bottom of the 7th



Johnston gets Stanford DH Austin Barr to strike out to end the 6th inning. Texas up 7-4 with the Horns up next in the top of the 7th.


Travis Duke gives up his first run of the season in the bottom of the 6th as Stanford's Matt Winaker, who singled, scores on a triple by Mike Diekroger.

Then, Stanford LF Jonny Locher grounds out, but that drives home Diekroger for Stanford's second run of the 6th inning.

And that's it for Travis Duke, who is pulled after giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.

In comes freshman P Kyle Johnston with 2 outs and nobody on with Texas now leading 7-4.


Ben Johnson remains on fire at the plate - going 3-for-3 through 6 with 1 run scored and an RBI

Tres Barrera has 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Taylor Stell also has 2 RBI


LHP Josh Sawyer (1-1, 3.38 ERA) on the mound for the Horns.

Stanford won Games 1 and 2 in the series, and Texas won Game 3, snapping a 4-game losing streak and an 8-game skid at Stanford.


LF Ben Johnson

RF Collin Shaw

SS C.J. Hinojosa

1B Tres Barrera

2B Brooks Marlow

3B Bret Boswell

C Michael Cantu

DH Taylor Stell

CF Zane Gurwitz


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