Baseball: Texas completes sweep of Sam Houston

The Texas offense, after scoring early and often in Saturday's 23-zip spanking of Sam Houston, took a while to get started Sunday at the Disch, going scoreless through the game's first three innings. The Horns' hitting prowess, though, returned with a vengeance over the game's next two frames.

Texas plated sixth in the bottom of the fourth and five more in the fifth on its way to a 13-1, sweep-clinching win over the visiting Bearkats.

Brad Halsey started for Texas and went six innings, giving up just four hits overall and a single run in the second. Buck Cody and Huston Street pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Horns. SHSU starter Daniel Stringer took the loss, giving up eight hits, five walks and six earned runs in his four-plus innings of work.

Struggling first baseman Jeff Ontiveros, batting just .105 heading into Sunday's game, returned to the starting line-up after sitting for the better part of Saturday's game and keyed the Longhorns' big fourth inning. The senior legged out an infield single (for his only hit in three plate appearances) to start the inning and came around to score UT's first run of the day two batters later when C Curtis Thigpen singled up the middle. The Horns' next batter, SS Michael Hollimon, tripled to bring home 3B J.D. Reininger, who had doubled after Ontiveros' leadoff single, and Thigpen, and the rout was again on. CF Eric Sultemeier delivered an RBI single later in the five-run fourth to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Texas extended its lead to 11-1 with the long ball in the fifth. Reininger belted a two-run shot to left and Hollimon followed two batters later with a solo smash over the right field wall. DH Dustin Majewski went four-for-four and finished the series a perfect seven-of-seven at the plate.

The Horns (7-2) return to action Tuesday at the Disch in a 2:30 contest with UTSA.


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