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TEXAS STUNS TECH WITH SERIES-CLINCHING, GAME 3, 17-1 ROUT

Right when you least expected it, the Texas baseball team (19-21, 9-6 Big 12) seemed to take out a season's worth of frustration Sunday against first-place Texas Tech in Lubbock, swinging away and piling up run after run in a 17-1, series-clinching, Game 3 victory so lopsided the 10-run rule took effect after seven innings.

Texas scored three in the second inning, five in the third, five in the fourth and four in the seventh to hand the 11th-ranked Red Raiders' their first Big 12 series loss of the season.

Few would have expected this outcome after Texas gave up a 5-0 lead in Game 1 of the series by allowing 13 unanswered runs in a 13-6 loss to Tech (31-12, 12-3).

But the Longhorns bounced back on Saturday, rallying from a three-run deficit to win 7-4 over the Red Raiders, snapping Tech's 11-game league win streak.

The run support helped Ty Culbreth to his Big 12-leading eighth win of the season, and freshman Nolan Kingham picked up the save after throwing three hitless innings in Game 2.

In Game 3 Sunday, Kyle Johnston got the win for Texas, going 6 innings and giving up 1 run on four hits with six Ks and five walks. Tech's only run came on a fifth-inning home run by Tyler Floyd. 

Freshman Chase Shugart pitched one inning of relief, inducing two ground outs and a fly out for a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to close out the victory for Texas.

Shortstop Joe Baker  had a monstrous day at the plate for Texas, going 4-of-4 with 6 RBIs and three runs scored. Baker had two doubles and a home run and walked once.

NEXT UP: ... Texas State at the Disch, 6 pm Tuesday (UT beat Texas State 10-4 on March 1 in San Marcos) ... followed by a home series against Oklahoma State (25-14 overall, 9-6 Big 12).


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