Baseball: Simmons stymies Loyola Marymount

The Longhorn offense reached double digits in runs for the fifth time in the last seven games and <B>Justin Simmons</B> gave up just three hits and a lone, late run as UT took the series opener over Loyola Marymount 10-1 Friday at the Disch.

Simmons worked out of trouble in the first, forcing a two-on, one-out inning-ending double play by Tommy Perez, and cruised from then until the ninth, when he hit the leadoff batter before giving up a two-out, shutout-busting ground-rule RBI double to Kris Zacuto. Simmons retired the next batter, though, to wrap up the win, his third of the young season. The Longhorn sophomore lefty, who struck out six and walked three (including the two hit batsmen), improved his ERA to 1.50 on the year.

Texas took advantage of several second inning mistakes by the Lions to jump out to an early lead. After a Ryan Hubele leadoff double, a walk, three errors and a balk allowed the Horns to plate three runs in the inning. UT added another run in the third on a J.D. Reininger RBI triple and then scored two runs each in the fifth, seventh and eighth to produce the final 10-run total.

The win pushed Augie Garrido's career victory total to 1,333, putting the Texas head coach alone in second place on the collegiate all-time wins list. Cliff Gustafson is the winningest coach in NCAA history with 1,427 wins.

UT (10-2) and Garrido will look to add to their victory totals Saturday at 1:00 with game two of the Loyola Marymount series.

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