No. 5 Texas Rallies For 4-3 Win Over San Diego

A day after belting San Diego for a 9-0 shutout, it took <B>Curtis Thigpen'</B>s eighth inning home run and a ninth inning USD throwing error for Texas to squeeze out a 4-3 comeback win at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday.

Scott Dodge's two-out infield single in the ninth, coupled with a throwing error on the play, allowed Seth Johnston to score from second to raise No. 5 Texas to 5-0 on the young season while the visitors fell to 3-5 in front of an announced crowd of 4,729 fans. Junior closer Huston Street picked up his second win of the year after 2.2 innings of relief work. Starter Justin Simmons surrendered two hits and one run over five innings in a no-decision.

Texas jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first on a Taylor Teagarden RBI single followed by Michael Hollimon's bases loaded sacrifice fly. San Diego answered in the top of the third when Jose Ortega scored on a Trevor Pike double down the left field line. The Toreros' rally ended when Texas turned a double play with Pike on third.

San Diego loaded the bases with two singles and a walk in the top of the seventh before utilizing a fielder's choice and a sacrifice bunt to scratch across two runs and take their its lead of the series, 3-2. Street entered the game with one out in the seventh and did not give up a run the rest of the contest.

Trailing by one entering the bottom of the eighth, Thigpen blasted his second home run of the year over the left field wall to knot the score at 3-3. From there, Street retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth to set the stage for the bottom of the frame.

With a runner at first with one out, Johnston hit into a fielder's choice to tally the second out of the inning. Johnston stole second to give Dodge, who just entered as a pinch hitter, an opportunity for a game winning base hit. On the fifth pitch, Dodge laced a grounder toward shortstop that Ortega fielded, but his errant throw to first allowed Johnston to come home with the winning run.

The Longhorns and Toreros wrap up their three-game set at Disch on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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