Baseball: Stubbs Seals The Sweep

Luckily for the Longhorns, Drew Stubbs is making a habit out of inside the park home runs. Following a two-homer game on Saturday, including what turned out to be a game-winning inside the park blast in the eighth inning, Stubbs struck again with another inside-the-parker that gave Texas a 5-4 win and sealed the deal on a Texas three-game sweep over Stanford on Sunday.

Stubbs swung at the first pitch to lead off the ninth and connected on the game-winning solo shot that broke a 4-4 tie.

"I asked coach if I should take a strike, but he said to go ahead and swing away," said Stubbs. "It was a fastball over the middle of the plate, so I took a pretty good swing at it."

After putting the bat to the ball, Stubbs immediately threw his hands in the air to celebrate a blast that he believed was going to clear the centerfield fence. Instead, the ball fell a couple feet short of the fence, but Stubbs still managed to sprint around the bases and reach home safely.

"I guess I got caught up in the moment," commented Stubbs on his early celebration. "Fortunately I was able to pick it up another gear and score."

The victory, in front of a season-best audience of 6,720 at the Disch, extended the No. 1 Horns record to 11-0, marking the best Texas start to a season since 1995.

The No. 5 Cardinals (7-5) got on the board first when P Randy Boone forfeited back-to-back singles and a Texas throwing error allowed Stanford to bring in two runs and take a lead in the second inning. Boone threw for 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs off of six hits.

Stanford extended its lead in the fifth inning when Boone gave up a homer to put the Horns in a 3-0 hole.

After Cardinal pitching kept the Longhorn hitters silent in the game’s first half, Texas finally answered back with four runs in the sixth.

"I thought their pitcher was brilliant in the early going and really shut down our hitters," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido.

LF Carson Kainer reached base first in the sixth with a single, followed by a RF Thomas Incaviglia fly ball that dropped safely and allowed Kainer to score. Third baseman Clay Van Hook next laid down a squeeze bunt that brought home Incaviglia and brought Texas to within one run. After pinch-hitter Dooley Prince walked, Stubbs knocked a line drive up the middle to bring in two runs and give the Horns a 4-3 lead.

The Cardinal threatened in the seventh with a leadoff double and a walk, but reliever Adrian Alaniz retired the next two batters to save Texas’ lead.

In the top of the eighth, though, Clayton Stewart came on in relief and gave up a walk and then consecutive singles as Stanford tied it at 4. J. Brent Cox relieved and induced the first batter he faced into a double-play ball, and the inning ended in a 4-4 tie.

Coming off a bad game that saw him give up six runs yesterday, Cox rebounded on Sunday to earn the victory. He made it interesting, though, allowing a pair of hits to lead off the top of the ninth, but after a fielder's choice and an intentional walk, he forced Brendan Domaracki into a game-ending double play.

"I wanted to see how he (Cox) would rally and he rallied like a champion," said Garrido.

Stubbs proved to be Texas offensive leader in the game, finishing with two hits and three RBIs, including the game-winning homer. Stubbs extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Stanford out-hit the Horns 17-11 in the ballgame, but Texas grabbed the win and proved to the Texas players that they can challenge anyone.

"Each win proves to us that we can compete neck-and-neck with any team in the country," said Stubbs.

Horns Digest Top Stories