Looking to cut into the Aztec's lead, Texas received back-to-back doubles from Seth Johnston (Boerne, Texas/ Boerne) and J.D. Reininger (Spring Branch, Texas/Smithson Valley) to begin the bottom of the seventh and make it a 2-1 contest. After a fielder's choice erased the runner at second for one out, the Horns then had consecutive pinch-hit singles from Dooley Prince (Sulphur, La./Sulphur/McNeese State) and Hunter Harris (Tulsa, Okla./Metro Christian Academy/Connors St. College) tie the game at 2-2 before reliever Ryan Schroyer managed to fan the next two hitters he faced to close the frame.
With a scoreless eighth inning for both sides, the game moved to the ninth where the Aztecs, who dodged a threat by the Horns one frame earlier when they placed a runner on second with two away, saw David Hall single to start the inning, steal second in front of a walk to Landon Burt and have a chance to snap the deadlock with one away. Cox then got a double-play ball to end the inning and send the Horns' offense to the plate with a chance for the win in the bottom of the ninth. Despite another two-out threat with a runner on second base for UT though, the game moved its way to extra innings where in the bottom of the 10th, Thigpen doubled down the left-field line with one out before Teagarden ended the contest with a double to right. Collecting the win for Texas was Cox, who struck out four over 3.2 scoreless innings of one-hit relief for his second victory of the year, while Schroyer, who also punched out four over 3.1 innings, incurred the loss.
Pacing a UT offense, which recorded 11 hits for the second time in as many days, was the duo of Reininger and Johnston, who each went 2-for-4 on the afternoon, and Thigpen, whose double in the 10th extended his current hit streak to five games and gave him base hits in 15 of 16 contests this year. San Diego State, meanwhile, had its attack led by Zawadzki, who collected two hits in four at bats while also scoring one run, and Burt, who drove in both of SDSU's scores on the day. On an additional note, Simmons, despite not figuring in the decision, had a solid outing for UT by allowing only one run on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work.
The Longhorns and Aztecs conclude their three-game series at Disch-Falk Field on Sunday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m.