Pitching, Offense Give Texas Another Tuesday 'W'

Five UT pitchers scattered seven hits over nine innings and the Longhorns offense plated 10 runs on 10 hits as No. 2 Texas (29-4, 4-2 Big 12) notched a 10-1 victory over UT-Pan American (14-20) in front of 4,190 fans at Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday, Mar. 30. Notably, with the triumph, the Longhorns have now won 18 of their last 20 games and improved to 18-1 at home this season.

After a scoreless first inning, the Broncs broke on top 1-0 in the second behind a two-out rally as Aaron Flowers was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a bunt single from Ricky Broyles and came home to score on a RBI-base hit off the bat of John Lopez. The game remained that way until the bottom of the third when Michael Hollimon (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep.) led off the frame for UT with his third home run of the year to knot the score at 1-1. Texas then took a 2-1 lead in the same frame as the Horns managed to load the bases with two outs via two walks, a fielder‚s choice and a hit batter before Carson Kainer (Tomball, Texas/Tomball) pounded an infield single to the left of the third baseman to plate Curtis Thigpen (Forney, Texas/Forney) with the go-ahead run.

Two innings later, J.D. Reininger (Spring Branch, Texas/Smithson Valley) drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw down to second base before coming home to produce a 3-1 UT advantage on a Seth Johnston (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) sacrifice fly. Then, with two outs in the frame, Texas loaded the bases on consecutive singles from Taylor Teagarden (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) and Kainer and a walk to Drew Stubbs (Atlanta, Texas/Atlanta) before a passed ball produced another run to yield a 4-1 Longhorns lead.

From there, the Horns would tack on a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a two-run home run from Ryan Russ (Comfort, Texas/Kerrville Tivy/Texas A&M/Navarro College) and four runs in the eighth courtesy of a two-run single by Thigpen with the bases loaded, a double steal in conjunction with a throwing error and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Johnston to make it a 10-1 ballgame. The Broncs, meanwhile, were held in check over the final seven frames by Kyle McCulloch (Houston, Texas/Bellaire), Randy Boone (Yoakum, Texas/Yoakum), Buck Cody (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady), Kyle Yates (Kerrville, Texas/Kerrville Tivy/Midland College) and Clayton Stewart (Angleton, Texas/Angleton/San Jacinto College) to close out the nine-run Texas victory. While McCulloch, who struck out three and allowed one run on three hits over five innings of work in his fifth start of the year, UTPA starter Tommy Sorden incurred the loss.

Topping the UT offense, which saw nine different players tally at least one hit on the night, were Kainer, who went 2-for-3 with a RBI to record his fifth multi-hit game in the last seven contests, Hollimon, who scored a pair of runs while driving in another, and Thigpen who tallied two RBI and scored twice. On the other side of the ledger, UTPA was led by Lopez, who went 3-for-4 and drove in the Broncs lone run.

The Longhorns now heads to Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas, to open a three-game conference series with Texas Tech on Friday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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