Garrido Tossed as Nebraska Blanks Texas

No. 5 Texas suffered a rare shutout, falling 7-0 at Nebraska Friday, in the first of the three-game series. Longhorn coach Augie Garrido was ejected in the Cornhusker sixth after protesting a call at first base.

Texas failed to score for the first time since Nebraska took a 6-0 decision one year ago this weekend. The Horns have also dropped consecutive ballgames for just the second time this season, dating back to a series' loss at Long Beach State in early February. Texas fell to No. 6 Rice, 7-4, in Houston Tuesday.

Nebraska out-hit Texas, 13-2. Starting LHP James Russell was peppered for 11 hits, including a pair of homers, to fall to 8-3. LHP Tony Watson handcuffed the Horns, serving more pop-ups than Kelloggs and limiting the Burnt Orange to one hit through 8.1 innings. Texas falls to 31-12, 12-4 in Big 12 Conference play. It was a must-win game for Nebraska, raising its mark to 23-15 and 8-8 in league action.

The Horns wore Virginia Tech caps as part of the national day of mourning and to show support for the Virginia Tech community.

The Huskers took an early 1-0 lead after Russell yielded three singles during the opening frame. Nebraska tacked on another run during their next at-bat when Russell gave up a solo shot to Dallas-native Mitch Abeita over the left field wall.

Jordan Danks became Texas' first base runner of the contest when, in the top of the fourth, the sophomore reached on a fielding error. Chance Wheeless notched Texas' first hit of the evening with his one-out single to left. But Bradley Suttle flied-out to left and Danks was picked-off sliding into third to end the threat. It became a 5-0 ballgame in the home-half of the frame when Ryan Wehrle's third' hit in as many at-bats was a three-run homer into left-center on a 2-0 high breaking ball.

Garrido was tossed, and Russell was yanked, in the bottom of the sixth after the Huskers put two runners on the base paths with a lead-off double and an throwing error on 2B Travis Tucker. Garrido argued that Mitch Abeita was out at first, even though video replays indicated that Tucker's toss pulled 1B Chance Wheeless off the bag. LHP Austin Wood took the mound with runners on the corners and no outs. D.J. Belfonte's bunt attempt resulted in an infield pop-up. But Ryan Wehrle, needing a triple to hit for the cycle, singled to left to plate the Huskers' sixth run.

Andy Gerch's two-out solo-shot to left during NU's next at-bat made it 7-0. LHP Kyle Walker took the mound for the Horns in the bottom of the eighth, making his first appearance in Big 12 play. He walked two but became the first pitcher to retire Wehrle.

Jordan Danks' one-out single in the top of the ninth as about as good as it got for Texas.

Texas looks to rebound, 3:05 p.m. (CST) Saturday in Fox Sports Southwest regional telecast.

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