Baseball: Texas Takes Game Two From Hawaii

It took a four-run extra inning in the top of the 11th, plus a total of 19 hits, for the Texas baseball team to overcome five errors and the Hawaii Rainbows for a 13-9 decision in Honolulu Saturday. All-American junior reliever <B>Huston Street </B>picked up his first win of the young season.

Nathan Warrick's RBI-single and freshman Drew Stubbs three-run homer in the top of the 11th broke a 9-9 tie as No. 5 Texas improved to 2-0 on opening weekend. Starter Sam LeCure received a no decision after working four innings, allowing two earned runs and fanning a career-high six, while Street tossed four frames in relief for the W.

The Texas hit parade was led by six players with at least two hits, including Dooley Prince, who went 5-for-7 with one run scored. Curtis Thigpen doubled twice and homered while tallying a pair of RBI and scoring three times.

Texas broke on top 3-0 in the top of the first as Prince and Thigpen began the game with a single and double, respectively, and came around to score on a single to right from Taylor Teagarden. Teagarden then scored following a groundout and a wild pitch with two outs. The Rainbows would make it a 3-2 ballgame one inning later as a leadoff walk combined with an error, a passed ball and two singles parlayed into a pair of scores. But the Horns countered in the top of the third with a solo home run from Thigpen, plus a J.D. Reininger RBI base hit following a hit batter and a single.

The Horns extended their lead to 8-2 as Stubbs started off the top of the fourth with a walk, stole two bases and scored on a Thigpen double in front of RBI hits from Matt Spencer and Reininger. Looking to rally, Hawaii capitalized on UT errors in each of the next three innings while also receiving key RBI hits from Andrew Sansaver, who doubled in the fifth, and Nate Thurber, who singled in two runs in the sixth, to plate four scores and make it an 8-7 game.

One inning later, the Rainbows knotted the score at 8-8 as Thurber registered his second two-out double in as many at bats to score a runner who reached second on an error and a wild pitch. That sent the game to extra innings where the Horns loaded the bases on a Robby Hudson single, a Prince double and an intentional walk to Thigpen with one out in the 10th and pulled in front 9-8 after a Teagarden walk. The Rainbows then rallied with two down in the bottom of the frame on the strength of Matthew Inouye's RBI double.

After Seth Johnston led off the top of the 11th by reaching on a passed ball and advancing to second on a throwing error, he moved to third on a sacrifice and then scored on Warrick's RBI-single to left to put Texas back in front by a score of 10-9. Stubbs then connected on his first career home run -- a three-run shot -- to give UT the 13-9 win.

The Horns and Rainbows wrap up their three-game series at 8:35 p.m. (CST) Sunday.

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