LF Eric Sultemeier, who gave the Horns an early but short-lived lead with a solo homer in the top of the first, tied the game at three in the top of the eighth with an RBI double that plated SS Michael Hollimon. Texas, though, left the bases loaded in that frame and stranded Curtis Thigpen at third in the ninth to set up ULL for its bottom of the frame heroics.
Sultemeier finished the three-game College Classic with two long balls, four RBI, three runs scored and a .462 average to earn All-Tournament Team honors.
Alan Bomer started the game for the Horns but almost didn't make it out of the first frame. The Iowa State transfer gave up three runs on four hits in the inning as the Ragin' Cajuns answered UT's single run in the top of the frame times three.
After the first, Bomer settled down, allowing just three more hits and no runs before being lifted with one out in the seventh. Pitching coach Frank Anderson said the junior rightie has a "chance to be something special" for the Horns on the mound this season.
If preseason poll rankings are any indication, top 10-ranked UT, like Bomer, may also have a chance to be something special this season, but its one-win, two-loss performance in Houston is an inauspicious start (against quality competition) in that direction. All indications from Houston are that Augie Garrido's team is far from special (yet).
The Horns (3-2 but just 1-2 against D-I competition) return to action Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Disch vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.