Big Third Inning Lifts No. 2 Texas Past Fullerton

A five-run third inning propelled No. 2 Texas (17-2) to a 6-2 victory over No. 17 Cal St. Fullerton (8-9) at Disch-Falk Field on Friday. With the victory, Texas is off to its best start since 1993, when the Horns boasted a 17-2 mark to open the season.

The Titans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Mark Carroll, who was hit by a pitch and made his way to third on a groundout and a stolen base, came home on a sacrifice fly by Ronnie Prettyman. Texas loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame on an infield hit by Ryan Russ, a single by Drew Stubbs and a hit batter before Hunter Harris walked, Curtis Thigpen doubled in three runs and Taylor Teagarden delivered a sacrifice fly to push the Longhorns on top by a score of 5-1.

Carroll would bring home another CS-F run in the fourth on a fielder's choice to make it a 5-2 ballgame after the Titans loaded the bases with one out on three singles. Then, after UT starter Sam LeCure and reliever Kyle Yates worked out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the top of the sixth, Texas plated an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to push in front 6-2 as Teagarden, who walked, came around to score when Seth Johnston's one-out single kicked away from the left fielder. From there, Yates and J.P. Howell combined to keep the Titans off the board, even after Fullerton threatened again in the top of the eighth as they put runners on first and second with two away, to close out the four-run victory.

Notching the win was LeCure, who improved to 4-0 after tossing 5-2/3 innings, while Howell earned his first career save as he closed out the final 1-1/3 innings, striking out four of the five batters he faced.

Paving the way for the Longhorns' offense on the day was the duo of Thigpen, who tallied one double, three RBI and one run scored, and Stubbs, who went 2-for-3 while scoring a run.

The Horns will now face Sam Houston State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first of two games that day, as Cal State Fullerton will also square off with SHSU at 5 p.m. The Longhorns will finish their two-game set with Fullerton on Sunday, at 1 p.m.

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