Stanford Tops No. 1 Texas, 8-1, To Win Series

In his first collegiate start, Stanford freshman pitcher <B>Blake Holler</B> allowed one run on three hits during six innings and the Cardinal offense topped a two-run fourth with a four-run fifth as No. 1 Texas (11-2) dropped the final game of a three-game set at No. 3 Stanford (10-2), 8-1 at Sunken Diamond on Sunday.

Texas starter Justin Simmons (2-1) shouldered the loss, striking out four over 4-1/3 innings of work. With the victory, the Cardinal captured the series with the Longhorns by a 2-1 count.

After a scoreless first, a two-out double down the left-field line from Brian Hall after Danny Putnam had reached on an error, moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt, gave the Cardinal an early 1-0 advantage. Texas managed to tie the contest at 1-1 during the next frame as Dooley Prince began the inning with a triple and came home on Seth Johnston's groundout RBI.

Stanford reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth as John Mayberry, Jr. connected on a two-run homer to push the Cardinal in front, 3-1. Stanford upped its advantage to 7-1 with a four-run frame in the bottom of the fifth keyed by an RBI-single from Sam Fuld with a runner on first followed by a run-scoring double off the bat of Jonny Ash and a two-run home run delivered by Jed Lowrie.

Now trailing by six, Texas put two runners on in the top of the sixth, but Holler worked his way out of the inning. After Stanford tacked on another run in the seventh courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Lowrie after Fuld notched his 300th career hit, stole second and moved to third on a groundout, the Longhorns went back to work in the eighth. Michael Hollimon led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a one-out base hit from Curtis Thigpen before Taylor Teagarden's long drive to center field was hauled in with an over-the-shoulder catch by Fuld that he turned into a double play to keep the game at 8-l.

Leading the UT offense on the afternoon was Thigpen, who went 2-for-3 to notch his team-leading seventh multi-hit game of the year.

Texas now returns home to Disch-Falk Field for a 2:30 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

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