Texas Edges San Diego, 6-5, In 10th Inning

Texas worked overtime to get past pesky San Diego, 6-5, at Disch-Falk Field on Sunday. Again, it took <B>Curtis Thigpen's </B>late heroics to help No. 5 Texas not only sweep the weekend series but also to open a season at 6-0 for the first time in nine years.

Thigpen's RBI-single up-the-middle in the bottom of the 10th was the game-winner and came a day after his eighth inning homer tied a contest that Texas eventually won, 4-3. And, for the second day in a row (and third time this season) closer Huston Street picked up the win after working 1-1/3 hitless innings of relief.

The Texas offense collected 16 hits on an afternoon when its defenses committed four errors. Thigpen led the batting barrage with his 3-for-4 showing including two runs scored and the game-winning RBI. Michael Hollimon doubled twice while scoring once and driving in one run while Seth Johnston tallied a pair of hits to go along with two steals. Junior pitcher J.P. Howell, last year's ace, made his 2004 Texas debut and tossed 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief while fanning four batters.

San Diego got on the board in the opening frame as Joey Prast reached on an error, stole second base and then came home on a Freddy Sandoval single to give the Toreros a 1-0 lead. But Texas immediately responded with a two out rally. Thigpen and Taylor Teagarden both singled to left field in consecutive at bats and scored on a Hollimon double and a wild pitch, respectively, to give the Longhorns their first lead of the game at 2-1. Texas added one more run in the bottom of the second as David Maroul singled to bring home Scott Dodge. In the bottom of the third, the Horns increased their lead to 4-1 when Johnston's RBI single to left field scored Hollimon after he opened the frame with a double.

San Diego would then cut into Texas' lead in the top of the fourth as Nate Boman crossed the plate on a Keoni Ruth single to cut the Toreros' deficit to two runs. One inning later, San Diego knotted the affair with two consecutive singles to put runners in scoring position and then utilizing a wild pitch and a double down the left field line to bring two scores home.

Texas got untracked with Thigpen's two-out single up the middle in the sixth. He moved to third on a Teagarden single to left field and then scored on a wild pitch to help Texas reclaim the lead, 5-4. The Toreros answered in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 after an RBI single plated Gavin Ng, who had been hit by a pitch before stealing second.

The game moved into extra frames when Street came on in the bottom of the ninth and then worked a one-two-three top of the 10th. In the home half of the final frame, Dooley Prince and Drew Stubbs both singled before Thigpen came to the plate. He lined a 2-2 pitch over second base and into center field to score Prince and give UT its second one-run victory over USD in as many games.

Texas hosts UT-Arlington, 2:30 p.m. (CST) Tuesday at the Disch-Falk.


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