Baseball: No. 5 Horns Complete Sweep Of Hawaii

Freshman starter <B>Kyle McCulloch</B> struck out four over seven scoreless innings to lead No. 5 Texas (3-0) to a 10-1 victory over Hawaii in Honolulu on Sunday. The win gave the Horns a sweep of the Rainbows in the three-game series to open the 2004 campaign.

McCulloch scattered three Rainbow hits over the first five frames in his first collegiate start. Curtis Thigpen and Taylor Teagarden combined to produce half of Texas' run total. Thigpen went 3-for-3 Sunday with two RBI while Teagarden added three RBI.

While Saturday's game required two extra innings, this one was over early as Texas held a 10-0 lead before surrendering a single run in the bottom of the ninth.

For the third straight game, Texas scored in its first at bat to grab the early lead. An RBI-double from Nathan Warrick's scored Dooley Prince and Teagarden's groundout plated Warrick to give the Horns a 2-0 advantage. Freshman Drew Stubbs then doubled to leadoff the second inning and came around to score on Seth Johnston's base hit following a sacrifice bunt to put Texas on top, 3-0.

The Horns tacked on two more runs in the third. Prince's leadoff single, combined with Thigpen's two stolen bases, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly from Teagarden produced a 5-0 UT lead. Texas added an unearned run in the fifth (courtesy of an error and a RBI-single from Thigpen), two more scores in the seventh behind a Robby Hudson RBI-single as well as another Thigpen RBI hit and three UH errors to push in front 8-0. The Horns committed two errors after their five-error performance on Saturday. The Rainbows committed six errors on the day.

Texas added two more scores in the top of the ninth before Hawaii scratched a run across in the bottom of the final inning to provide the 10-1 final score.

The Horns' home opener is set for 2:30 p.m. (CST), Friday, in a three-game series against the University of San Diego.


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