No. 5 Texas Blanks Ohio State, 6-0

Justin Simmons</B> tossed five scoreless innings to send No. 5 Texas (7-0) to a 6-0 win over Ohio State (0-1) during the opening day of the Minute Maid College Classic in Houston on Friday. The win gave the Horns their second shutout of the young season and the first away from Disch-Falk Field since April 19, 2002 (a 6-0 victory at Kansas State).

Simmons, the ace of the 2002 national championship squad but whose mark dipped to 5-6 (4.29 ERA) as a junior, picked up his second win of the year after retiring nine of the contest's first 10 batters. He combined with relievers J. Brent Cox, Kyle Yates and Huston Street for the three-hit shutout.

J.D. Reininger led Texas' offensive attack with his 2-for-3 outing, including his first home run of the season and three RBI.

Now, the Horns continue play at the Minute Maid Classic with the much-anticipated match against No. 1 Rice, 7 p.m. (CST) on Saturday. The game pitting the last two teams to win the College World Series (not to mention the team that eliminated Texas at Omaha last year) will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.

A Taylor Teagarden lead-off double, coupled with a walk, a throwing error, a Reininger single, and a safety squeeze bunt delivered by Nathan Warrick's squeeze bunt resulted in three unearned runs in the top of the second. Curtis Thigpen upped his current hit streak to seven games with a single in the third inning, while Texas took advantage of two more Buckeye miscues to score another run in the top of the fourth and push in front 4-0.

Freshman Drew Stubbs threw a runner out at third base after catching a deep fly ball to stymie an OSU threat in the bottom of the fourth. Stubbs also went 1-for-3 with a run scored to have now hit safely in six of UT's seven contests to date. Simmons, meanwhile, scattered two hits during the first five innings while striking out three and walking one.

Warrick's RBI-single with runners on second and third increased the Texas lead to five runs before Reininger led off the bottom of the eighth with his first home run of the year to complete the scoring at 6-0. From there, relievers Cox, Yates and Street limited Ohio State to one hit during the final four frames while combining for six strikeouts to preserve the win.

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