Horns Shellack San Diego, 9-0, In Home Opener

Three Longhorn pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to lead No. 5 Texas (4-0) to a 9-0 victory over San Diego (3-4) in front an announced crowd of 4,095 fans at Disch-Falk Field on Friday. The shutout marked the first for UT in a home opener since Feb. 3, 1992 (Hardin-Simmons, 15-0).

Starter Sam LeCure, who struck out four batters and allowed four hits in five inning, was credited with the win. J. Brent Cox also tossed three hitless frames to relieve LeCure. The Horns benefited from four Toreros errors and a big seventh to break open a ballgame that, frankly, was never in doubt.

Texas opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second to claim an early 2-0 advantage as Seth Johnston's two-out triple brought home Taylor Teagarden and Drew Stubbs, who had reached on a walk and a fielder's choice, respectively. Following two scoreless frames, Robby Hudson singled up the middle and then scored off of Curtis Thigpen's single to left to up Texas' lead to 3-0.

After San Diego went down in order in the top of the seventh, Hudson singled to right-center in the bottom of the inning to bring in Michael Hollimon who walked, to collect his second RBI of the afternoon. With the score now 4-0, the Horns took advantage of five walks issued by the Toreros to plate another four runs on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly by Hudson and a two-RBI single from Hollimon to send USD into the eighth facing an 8-0 deficit.

Two more errors in the bottom of the eighth allowed the Horns to scratch across the game's final score. From there, Randy Boone came on in the ninth and retired three consecutive batters to preserve the combined shutout.

Hudson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, and Thigpen posted a pair of hits while also plating one run.

The Longhorns and Toreros square off in Game #2 of their three-game set at the Disc, 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday.

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