The Lions would tack on another run with two outs in the eighth off a RBI-single from Kris Zacuto and then proceed to load the bases before Brantley Jordan (Austin, Texas/McNeil/Texarkana JC) came on to record the final out of the inning and preserve the 8-3 advantage. Senior Chris Carmichael (Decatur, Ga./Ronald E. McNair/Howard) then led off the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit solo home run to spark a nine-run frame for the Horns, which also included a two-run home run by Ryan Hubele (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral), to close out UT‚s 17-3 victory.
The late Texas rally was powered by a season-high 17 RBI, including four from Reininger, who collected a trio of hits for the second game in a row, and three from both Napoleon and Carmichael, who set a career game-high for RBI. Other notable performances were turned in by Hubele, who went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI, and sophomore Tim Moss (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) who extended his hitting streak to a team-best 10 games by posting yet another multi-hit outing on a 3-for-5 afternoon. Offensively for the Lions, the trio of Lockin, Higashi and Perez each collected two hits apiece. On the mound, Bomer struck out four and spread eight hits over his seven and two-thirds innings of work to earn his third win in as many tries, while Muecke pitched five innings of shutout baseball for LMU before allowing five runs in the sixth and shouldering the loss. In closing for Texas, Jordan‚s relief effort earned him a save after he entered the game with the tying run on-deck in the eighth inning.
The Longhorns and Lions wrap up their three-game set at Disch-Falk Field tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m.