Baseball: Horns hang 14 on A&M-Corpus

After scoring just 11 runs in three games at hitter-friendly Enron in Houston, Texas returned to the cavernous Disch and knocked the ball all over the park, surpassing its weekend run total in just eight Tuesday frames.

The Horns tagged A&M-Corpus Christi pitching for 13 hits, pushing across runs in six of its eight at-bats to pound the Islanders 14-2. Eight A&M-CC walks plus four Islander errors also helped the Longhorn cause. After scoring all 11 of its runs in Houston with two outs, Texas continued that trend by plating eight two-outs runs Tuesday.

"I felt we had a good day at the ballpark," Augie Garrido said. "We stayed focused on the game, we took quality at-bats and several times we battled to stay alive. We showed some power today as well."

The Horns smacked six doubles, a triple and a homer -- a two-run shot by Dustin Majewski in the eighth -- on the day.

UT starter Justin Simmons surrendered a solo homer to A&M-Corpus Christi leadoff hitter Roberto Santana in the top of the first, but the Horns scored two in the second and broke the game open in the third and fourth, plating three runs in each inning. A walk, an error and then RBI doubles by C Ryan Hubele and DH Curtis Thigpen accounted for the third-inning run production while an Eric Sultemeier RBI single to left and a two-RBI triple by Hubele to the right field power alley scored the three in the fourth, giving Simmons all the support he would need in picking up his second win in his second start of the season. The sophomore pitcher gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out three and walking just one in five innings of work.

Junior transfer Jesen Merle took over Simmons in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings before senior Ryan France closed the game out with two more scoreless innings.

Garrido went deep down the bench, subbing at seven different positions and getting action for 16 different position players.

"It's good we can continue to play people that are staying within their role, whether they're in the line-up or on the bench, " the head coach said. "All those guys were in the game."

The box score included Tim Moss and Seth Johnston at second, Kalani Napoleon and Joe Ferin in center, Sultemeier, who now has a five-game hitting streak, and Majewski in left, Hubele at catcher, Chris Carmichael and Matt Rosenberg in right, Thigpen and Nic Crosta at DH, and Jeff Ontiveros and Chris Neuman at first.

"There's very definitely plenty of opportunities for non-returning players to start and to contribute on this team," Garrido added. "These jobs aren't settled. They should be settled by the end of the month but there are battles going on right now."

The Horns (4-2) will battle Sam Houston in a three-game set at the Disch this weekend.

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