Horns Complete Sweep of San Diego State

AUSTIN, Texas - Sam LeCure (Centertown, Mo./Helias Interparish), who fanned a career-high seven over seven scoreless innings, combined with fellow UT hurlers Kyle McCulloch (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) and Buck Cody (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) on a one-hit shutout as No. 2 Texas (15-2) earned a series sweep of San Diego State (7-13) with a 9-0 victory in the finale in front of 4,139 fans at Disch-Falk Field on Sunday, Feb. 29.

Notably, the win was not only the Horns' fourth in a row, but also their fourth shutout of the season and second in the last three games. In addition, the Texas pitching staff threw 27 scoreless innings of baseball during the 28 innings they played against San Diego State over the weekend series between the two clubs.

The Longhorns broke on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first without the benefit of a hit as Dooley Prince (Sulphur, La./Sulphur) reached on an error to begin the inning, stole both second and third and came home on a sacrifice squeeze bunt from Seth Johnston (Boerne, Texas/Boerne). After that early score, the game settled down as LeCure and SDSU starter Chris Hartshorn held the respective offenses scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when, with Johnston on second via a base hit and a stolen base and J.D. Reininger (Spring Branch, Texas/Smithson Valley) on first with a walk, Ryan Russ (Kerrville, Texas/Kerrville Tivy/Texas A&M/Navarro College) connected on a one-out triple before coming home on a groundout to push the Horns' lead to 4-0.

LeCure, meanwhile, kept the Aztecs in check through six by retiring 11 in a row at one point as UT maintained its 4-0 advantage. The Horns then added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth when Russ delivered his second one-out triple of the game with Reininger on first in front of a two-out home run over the center field wall from Drew Stubbs (Atlanta, Texas/Atlanta) to make it 7-0 in favor of Texas. Notably, with his round tripper, Stubbs became only the 27th player in history to clear the center field wall at Disch-Falk Field and the first Longhorn to accomplish the feat since Jeff Ontiveros did it against UT-Pan American on March 24, 2002. Additionally, his home run was only the 30th since 1975, when Disch-Falk Field was opened, that has gone over the 20-foot high wall.

Texas then tacked on single runs in both the seventh and eighth on RBI-singles from Reininger and Carson Kainer (Tomball, Texas/Tomball), respectively, while McCulloch, who relieved LeCure in the eighth, and Cody, who recorded the final two outs in the ninth, teamed up for two scoreless frames to close out the 9-0 win. Earning his third victory of the year was LeCure, who allowed only one hit and struck out a career-best seven over seven innings of work en route to his first career combined shutout, while Hartshorn shouldered the loss for San Diego State to fall to 4-2 on the year.

Highlighting UT's nine-hit attack on the afternoon was the trio of Reininger, Russ and Stubbs, who each tallied a pair of hits while accounting for five runs scored and six RBI. On the other side of the ledger, the Aztecs were paced by Jake McLintock, who recorded SDSU's only hit of the afternoon with his single to start the third inning.

Up next, the Horns welcome the Rice Owls to Disch-Falk Field for a 2:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, March 2.

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