Baseball: Texas, Simmons Handle UTSA, 4-2

No. 1 Texas (32-4, 6-2 Big 12) edged UT-San Antonio, 4-2, at Disch-Falk Field Tuesday as <B>Justin Simmons </B>earned his 35th career victory to tie for sixth on the school's all-time wins list with <B>Burt Hooton</B> (1969-71) and <B>Bobby Layne</B> (1944, 46-48).

Simmons, the ace of the 2002 College World Series champs, improved to 7-1 on the year. Huston Street fanned three over a hitless final two frames to earn his third save of the season.

The Roadrunners grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second as Lucas Stewart led off with a home run to left center field. In the bottom of the frame, Texas knotted the game at 1-1 as Nick Peoples delivered a two-out, RBI single to score Michael Hollimon who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third via a stolen base and a groundout. The Horns pulled in front, 2-1, in the third as Curtis Thigpen drew a leadoff walk, stole second and crossed home plate on back-to-back ground balls to the right side of the infield.

UT tacked on another run in the fourth to build a 3-1 lead as Drew Stubbs reached first on an infield single before coming around to score courtesy of a fielder’s choice bunt, a steal of third and a safety squeeze bunt off the bat of J.D. Reininger. Seth Johnston then scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Russ in the fifth after doubling with one out to make it a 4-1 ballgame. UT-San Antonio would plate one run and threaten for more in the top of the sixth when Stewart’s one-out single was followed by a Lee Todesco double. After an infield hit off the pitcher from Michael McKennon placed runners on first and third with one out, Taylor Teagarden threw out McKennon trying to steal second before Randy Boone struck out the next batter he faced to end the frame.

Leading the Horns’ attack on the evening was the tandem of Johnston, who went 2-for-4 with one run scored, and Thigpen, who extended his current hit streak to seven games with a first-inning double while also scoring one run and stealing a base.

The Longhorns travel to Manhattan, Kan., to open a three-game conference series with Kansas State (19-10, 2-4) on Friday, 7 p.m. (CDT).

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