The game was out of hand in a hurry as Texas got all seven of its runs in the first two innings. That, of course, means the Longhorns we held scoreless by Texas State for the next seven innings, but outfielder Jordan Danks said it certainly wasn't due to a lack of motivation.
"No, not at all. That's what Coach was just talking about in there," said Danks, motioning to the dugout. "He was proud of the way we didn't let up. There were six outs straight where we hit the ball real hard, it just went straight to somebody."
Texas head coach Augie Garrido agreed that the stats don't tell the whole story.
"In the line score it's going to look like we went to 7-0 and then rolled over and stopped," said Garrido. "That wasn't the case."
Garrido mentioned the same set of outs in the 5th and 6th innings that Danks did. Two of the outs in the 6th inning stood out to Garrido because of the way the Longhorns' last game ended, a 10-8 loss to Stanford at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
"The obvious one was where the line drive went to the first baseman who stepped on the bag, déjà vu Stanford, and we walked away with no runs," said Garrido.
In the top of the 6th, it looked like the Bobcats would get their first run of the afternoon as Aaron Garza hit a liner the left field, but Jas Miranda was gunned down at the plate as he tried to make it home from second and Texas maintained the shutout. Texas State finally got their first run in the top of the 8th on an Adam Witek RBI single to centerfield, but it was the only run the Bobcats scored.
Texas used six pitchers in the game, with Hunter Harris (1-0) starting and getting the win. Texas State's B.J. Boening was credited with the loss. Boening gave up all seven runs on five hits and three walks in one and two-thirds innings pitched. No Longhorn pitcher was in for more than two innings. Danks said it's difficult to come out of the bullpen and immediately produce and he's happy with the way his teammates performed.
"All of these guys did pretty good today," said Danks. "They stayed within themselves, threw strikes and got the job done."
From Garrido's perspective, it was not only a great day at the ballpark, but it was also an indication of the good things to come for this Texas squad.
"I feel like we kept our concentration level well balanced throughout the day and I didn't feel any ups or downs to it," said Garrido. "I think we're starting to get into the rhythm of the game, staying focused on the roles within the game that they have to play and they're starting to feel a lot more comfortable with all that."
The Longhorns next game is on Friday, February 23rd at 2:30 p.m., the start of a three game series hosting Washington State.