Horns Earn Another Extra Inning Win

AUSTIN, Texas - Taylor Teagarden (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) followed a double by Curtis Thigpen (Forney, Texas/Forney) with a double of his own with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give No. 2 Texas (14-2) a 3-2 victory over San Diego State (7-12) in front of a season-high crowd of 4,779 at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday, Feb. 28. Of note, the win marked the Horns' fifth come-from-behind victory of the season.

Despite both teams managing to put at least one runner on base in each of the first five innings, the game remained deadlocked at 0-0 with Justin Simmons (DeSoto, Texas/Duncanville) and San Diego State starter Daryl Harang limiting the respective squads to four singles apiece while combining to register five strikeouts. Then, after a one-two-three top of the sixth, the Horns received a one-out single from Michael Hollimon (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep.), who went on to steal second, but could not break the tie as Harang retired the next two batters he faced. San Diego State countered with a leadoff double from Lance Zawadzki in the top of the seventh and a walk to Curt Mendoza to place runners on first and second with no outs. From there, Ryan Wilson delivered a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners up 90 feet before Landon Burt came through with a two-run double down the left-field line to give SDSU a 2-0 lead. UT reliever J. Brent Cox (Bay City, Texas/Bay City) then came on and struck out two batters to end the inning and keep it to a two-run deficit for the Horns.

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.

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