Baseball: Offensive explosion at the Disch

After a 3-2, 11-hit pitching duel in the series opener between Texas and Sam Houston Friday, the two teams exploded for 23 runs and 23 hits Saturday at the Disch. Actually, that offensive outburst barely involved the visiting Bearkats. The Horns accounted for 20 of the game's 23 hits and all 23 runs in a 23-zip, seven-inning spanking of SHSU.

Texas scored all the runs it would need before Sam Houston registered an out in the bottom of the first. UT's Joe Ferin walked to leadoff the inning and scored on a Tim Moss double. Two batters later Ryan Hubele singled, plating Moss and Eric Sultemeier to give the Horns a 3-0 advantage, still with no outs. Dustin Majewski collected UT's fourth consecutive hit with a single off Bearkat starter Jordan Tata, prompting SHSU head coach John Skeeters to go to the bullpen. Nathan Brewer came on in relief of Tata, but provided little, walking Chris Carmichael and then giving up a two-RBI single to Chris Neuman. Carmichael came around to score on a passed ball before Brewer finally retired J.D. Reininger, Michael Hollimon and Ferin to end the six-run inning.

Texas scored a single run in the second, two in the fourth and three in the fifth before blasting two Sam Houston pitchers for 11 runs in the sixth. After reliever Huston Street shut down the Bearkats in the top of the seventh, the game was called on mutual consent by both coaches.

As he has done already in several contests, head coach Augie Garrido used the blowout as an opportunity to empty his bench, subbing at every position but the injury/suspension-racked spots of short and third, where Hollimon and Reininger respectively saw all the game action.

Offensive highlights for the Horns included 2B Moss, who went three-for-four with an RBI, LF Sultemeier, who extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-for-three, two RBI performance, DH Majewski, who registered three hits in his three plate appearances, 1B Neuman, who had two hits and four RBI in four trips, and Reininger, who went three-for-five. Of note, Neuman started at first in place of the struggling Jeff Ontiveros. Ontiveros, who came into the game with just two hits in 18 official at-bats, pinch hit for Neuman in the Horns' 11-run sixth, flying out to left, becoming one of only three of the 16 Longhorns who went to the plate in the inning to not reach base.

Iowa State transfer Alan Bomer started for the Horns and pitched six innings of shutout ball, giving up just three hits and striking out nine of the 21 batters he faced. Bomer improved his record to 2-0 and his ERA to 1.26 on the season.

Texas (6-2) will go for the sweep Sunday at 1:00 at the Disch.

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