Horns Rally For Win Against Texas State, 5-4

No. 2 Texas, with five unanswered runs between the third and sixth innings, overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn its 19th come-from-behind victory with a 5-4 win over Texas State Tuesday. The Horns improved to 43-8 on the season heading into this weekend's conference series with league cellar dweller Kansas.

J. Brent Cox (4-1) worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and Huston Street came on in relief of Cox to start the eighth inning and gave up a run in the frame as he struggled with his control, but the junior then worked a one-two-three final frame to notch his team-leading sixth save.

A leadoff single from Matt Miller followed by a run-scoring double off the bat of Mark Cooper and a one-out, RBI single by Richard Martinez, all off Texas starter Kyle McCulloch, produced Texas State a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The Bobcats increased their advantage to 3-0 in the third off of Longhorn reliever Kyle Yates as Evan Tierce singled with one away, stole second and came around to score on a base hit up-the-middle from Miller.

Texas answered in the bottom of the frame by loading the bases with two outs and scoring one run to make it a 3-1 ballgame as Drew Stubbs singled and scored on a fielding error after advancing to third via two wild pitches. The Horns knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on the strength of Will Crouch's RBI double with two down in front of a RBI single from Stubbs.

Texas claimed its first lead at 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth as back-to-back singles from Robby Hudson and Crouch with one out combined with a throwing error on a stolen base, a walk and a squeeze bunt from Seth Johnston to bring home two Longhorn runs. The Bobcats' Tierce singled off of Street with one out in the eighth, moved to third on consecutive wild pitches and then scored on a groundout to first base to close to within one at 5-4 before the Texas closer shut things down in the ninth.

Leading the way for the Texas offense were Stubbs, who went 3-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI, and the tandem of Hudson and Crouch, who each turned in 2-for-3 outings while combining for one RBI and two runs scored. Hudson has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and has posted six multi-hit performances in his last 14 tilts.

The Horns open their three-game series with the Jayhawks at the Disch on Friday, 6:15 p.m. (CDT).

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