Baseball: Horns Grab Game One From Stanford

Stanford used the long ball to take its only lead of the day. Texas scored, well, the Texas way all day, combining walks, sacrifices, squeezes and singles to earn a 6-4, series opening win over the No. 5 Cardinal.

No. 1 UT (9-0) totaled 12 hits, including 3B Clay Van Hook's perfect safety squeeze in the third that scored the Horns' third run, plus five sacrifice bunts while Buck Cody, Clayton Stewart and J. Brent Cox combined to limit Stanford (7-3) to five hits. Actually, four of those hits came against starter Cody in his four innings of work and just one came in Stewart's three innings. The middle reliever picked up the win, upping his season mark to 4-0, still with a 0.00 ERA. Then Cox was virtually untouchable in picking up his second save of the season with two innings of scoreless, hitless work to also remain at 0.00.

Augie Garrido called Cox's five strikeout performance "brilliant."

Texas scored one (and left the bases loaded) in the first before CF Drew Stubbs collected the Horns' only extra base hit of the day with a second inning double that plated 1B Chance Wheeless to give Texas a 2-0 lead. Stanford doubled up the Horns in the top of the third. Jed Lowrie delivered the big blow with one swing of the bat, a one-out, three-run homer to left off of Buck Cody to push the Cardinal to a 4-2 lead.

The Horns answered immediately in the home half of the frame. LF Carson Kainer led off with a walk and moved to second on RF Thomas Incaviglia's sac bunt. (Incaviglia, who missed the first eight games of the season, was cleared to play earlier in the day.) DH Will Crouch followed with an infield hit to put men on the corners with one out, setting up Van Hook's successful squeeze that trimmed the Stanford advantage to 4-3. Wheeless flew out for the second out of the inning, but 2B Robby Hudson delivered an RBI single to right, knotting the score at four and then Stubbs, who finished three-of-four for the game, drove in his second run with an infield single off the glove of Cardinal 1B John Mayberry, Jr. to make it 5-4.

The Horns added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a single to left by Van Hook that plated C Taylor Teagarden.

Lowrie had a chance to push the visitor's in front again when he came to bat in the top of the seventh with the bases juiced and two outs vs. a suddenly struggling Stewart, but his long fly settled into Kainer's glove in left center to end the Cardinal's final threat.

Texas and Stanford hook up again Saturday at the Disch. If the weather in Austin holds, first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Note: SS Seth Johnston's eight-game hit streak ended with his 0-4 day at the plate.

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