Baseball: Horns Withstand Furious Stanford Rally

Stanford out-hit Texas 17-11 Saturday at the Disch. The Cardinal even made a mortal out of J. Brent Cox, blasting UT's junior stopper for six runs in the top of the ninth. But in the stat that matters, the visitors came up just short.

Starter Kyle McCulloch surrendered one run in five innings, Adrian Alaniz pitched three innings of shutout relief and the Texas O, powered by Drew Stubbs' two homers, built an 8-1 lead heading into the ninth, giving the Horns enough of a cushion to withstand Cox's near-disastrous outing.

The 8-7 Texas win at the Disch Saturday moved the Horns (10-0) one win away from a rare series sweep of Stanford (7-4).

The Cardinal turned a blowout into a nailbiter in the top of the ninth. Cox faced seven Stanford hitters in the inning, failing to record even one out. Jed Lowrie capped the scoring barrage with a grand slam to left that pulled the Cardinal to within one. Clayton Stewart, who earned the win in the series opener, picked up his first save of the season after taking over for Cox in the ninth with John Mayberry, Jr. on first and still no outs in the inning. Cox coaxed Chris Minaker into a fielder's choice grounder for the first out of the inning but Adam Sorgi followed with a single, Stanford's eighth hit of the frame. Brendan Domaracki's fielder's choice set the Cardinal up with first and third with two outs, and pinch runner Cameron Matthews' stolen base with Jim Rapoport at the plate put Stanford a base hit from the lead. Stewart, though, closed it out by striking out Rapoport on a 1-2 pitch.

Before its ninth inning outburst, Stanford's only run came in the top of the third, which Stubbs quickly answered with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the inning. The Horns took the lead with two in the fourth on an RBI double from Robby Hudson and an RBI single from Thomas Incaviglia.

Texas extended its lead to 6-1 in fifth on Clay Van Hook's two-RBI single and another Hudson RBI single.

Stubbs provided the final bit of (much-needed) insurance with a two-run, inside the park homer to center in the bottom of the eighth. The sophomore centerfielder has five hits and five RBI in eight official plate appearances in the series. Cardinal slugger Lowrie leads both teams with his seven RBI.

McCulloch improved his record to 2-0 on the season. Jeff Gilmore took the loss for Stanford.

Texas and Stanford square off in the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.


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