Baseball: No. 1 Texas Blanks UTSA, 5-0

Junior third baseman J.D. Reininger tallied three RBI on two hits while five Longhorns pitchers combined on UT's seventh shutout of 2004 as No. 1 Texas (24-2) blanked UT-San Antonio, 5-0, in front of a crowd of 4,369 at Nelson Wolff Stadium on Tuesday. Texas upped its current win streak to 13 games, which marks the longest win string by the Horns since 1996 (13).

Taylor Teagarden drew a walk to begin the top of the second, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a groundout before coming home on a two-out, RBI-single to center field off the bat of Reininger to pull the Longhorns in front 1-0. Texas starter Kyle McCullough limited the Roadrunners to three base runners during the first four frames and struck out a career-best five. UT then placed runners on second and third with one out in the fifth courtesy of a hit batter, a walk and a sacrifice in front of a two-run single from Michael Hollimon to make it a 3-0 game in favor of the Horns.

UTSA would try to counter in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Crew led off with a double to right, but Texas reliever Randy Boone who came on to start the frame, struck out the next two batters he faced and had Crew thrown out at third by catcher Curtis Thipgen to end the inning on his second strikeout. The Longhorns maintained their three-run advantage until the top of the ninth when, following a single from Dooley Prince Reininger connected on his third home run of the year to build a 5-0 UT advantage. Down to their final three outs, the Roadrunners attempted to rally, but Kyle Yates came on in the final inning as the fifth Texas pitcher of the evening and retired three of the four batters he faced to preserve the 5-0 shutout win. Picking up the victory for the Horns was McCulloch, who improved to 3-0 on the season.

Besides Reininger, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, and Hollimon, who singled in a pair of runs, Texas was led on the evening by McCulloch, J. Brent Cox who worked a scoreless fifth with two strikeouts, Boone, Buck Cody and Yates, who combined for 13 strikeouts while limiting the Roadrunners to four hits. Thipgen also extended his current hit streak to 14 games with a fourth-inning single.

The Horns open conference play this weekend at Oklahoma with the start of a three-game series on Friday, at 6:30 p.m. (CST).

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