UT Bats Come Back To Life Vs. A&M-Corpus Christi

AUSTIN, Texas -- By scoring seven runs between the third and fifth innings and utilizing six different pitchers, No. 2 Texas (12-2) earned an 8-2 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-8) in front of 4,025 fans at Disch-Falk Field on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Following two scoreless frames to open the game, the Longhorns jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of third as Dooley Prince (Sulphur, Texas/Sulphur/McNeese State) was hit by a pitch to begin the inning before he stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a Curtis Thigpen (Forney, Texas/Forney) RBI-single. Taylor Teagarden (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) then blooped a single to right in front of a two-run triple off the bat of Seth Johnston (Boerne, Texas/Boerne), who later scored on a groundout, to build a four-run advantage. A&M-Corpus Christi would respond with a run in the top of the fifth as Robert Sedillo singled home Bobby Mora, who led off the frame with a double down the left-field line, but Texas immediately countered with three more scores in the bottom half to push in front 7-1, as RBI-doubles from Teagarden and Drew Stubbs (Atlanta, Texas/Atlanta) were sandwiched around a run-scoring base hit from Johnston following a Thigpen leadoff infield single.

A two-out base hit from Mora with Jose Rodriguez on third after drawing a walk to begin the sixth gave the Islanders their second run of the game and cut the Horns' lead to 7-2, but UT again answered with an unearned score in the bottom of the frame to reclaim a six-run lead at 8-2. From there, relievers Matt Goodson (Galveston, Texas/Ball/Galveston College), Clayton Stewart (Angleton, Texas/Angleton/ San Jacinto College) and Buck Cody (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) each tossed one scoreless inning to close out the 8-2 victory for the Horns. Earning the victory in a declared start was Sam LeCure (Centertown, Mo./Helias Interparish), who scattered four hits over three shutout frames while striking out three to up his overall record to 2-0, while Islanders starter Trey Hearne incurred the loss.

Leading UT's offense on the afternoon, which scored eight runs on 11 hits, was the trio of Thigpen, who went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, Teagarden, who tallied three hits while scoring two runs and driving in another, and Johnston, who went 2-for-4 while matching his career-high with three RBI and also scoring two runs. Meanwhile, A&M-Corpus Christi was paced by Hulin, who went 2-for-4, as well as the tandem of Mora and Sedillo, who combined for three hits, two RBI and one run scored.

Up next, the Horns host a three-game weekend series against San Diego State on Friday, Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

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