Horns Take Series From Mizzou With 6-1 Sunday Win

Led by a dominating pitching performance from starting pitcher Randy Boone, the No. 1 Longhorns bounced back from Saturday's loss to grab a 6-1 victory against No. 14 Missouri at Disch-Falk Field Sunday.

The win tipped the weekend series in favor of the Horns. The improved Missouri program was the only Big 12 school to claim a series win over last year's national runner-up team.

Boone pitched a shutout ballgame for nearly eight innings, striking out six and allowing just four hits. It also helped that Boone manned the mound with a substantial lead from the start. The Texas batters held up their end of the bargain and came out swinging from the opening pitch, scoring four runs in the first inning to give Boone plenty of breathing room.

"The guys did a really good job of jumping out early and giving me run support," said Boone, "and it's always easier to pitch with a lead."

DH Will Crouch started the scoring barrage with a double down the leftfield line, driving in RF Nick Peoples and CF Drew Stubbs, who had reached base with a walk and a single, respectively. 1B Chance Wheeless followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home SS Seth Johnston, who had reached safely on a single. LF Carson Kainer continued the five-hit inning with a double to the right side and scored on a C Taylor Teagarden hit.

The Texas scoring onslaught continued into the next inning when Peoples singled and a Stubbs' sacrifice bunt moved the runner into scoring position for Johnston to knock in a run on a single up the middle. Johnston's three hits on the afternoon led the Horns.

With a 5-0 cushion after just the second inning, Boone continued his dominance on the mound, gained more support from the Longhorn O. The Horn hitters struck again in the seventh when Wheeless launched a solo shot over the right field wall, extending Texas' lead to 6-0.

Missouri finally erased the goose egg by producing pair of singles and scoring a run in the eighth inning. Closer J. Brent Cox took the hill in the ninth and sealed the deal without surrendering a hit.

Texas head coach Augie Garrido credited the victory, marking the Longhorns' sixth-straight conference series win, to a squad that came out of the lockerroom ready to play.

"The team was really aggressive in the early innings especially and did a great job of getting momentum early in the game," said Garrido.

Texas improved its mark to 37-9 overall and 13-7 in the Big 12, percentage points behind second-place Nebraska (12-6) and a game-and-a-half behind league-leading Baylor (15-6). Perhaps more importantly, the win gave Garrido a glimpse of what might be expected down the road and into the postseason.

"The way we played today demonstrates the championship character of this team," said the Texas head coach.

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