Texas Baseball Wins Season-Opener

The Texas Longhorns won the season-opener over the VCU Rams, 6-2, in collegiate baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Box Score

The Longhorns drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Tucker lead off with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michael Torres. A flyout pushed Tucker to third and he scored on a single to centerfield by Preston Clark.

Texas tacked on two more runs in the third inning. Jordan Danks walked and stole second base to leadoff the inning. Kyle Russell hit a fly ball to centerfield that was misplayed by the Rams. The error allowed Danks to score and put Russell on second. He stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Clark, staking the Horns to a 3-0 lead.

Texas inflated the cushion to 4-0 with a run in the fourth. Kevin Keyes hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by David Hernandez. Tucker put runners on the corners with a bunt single and a sacrifice bunt by Torres pushed Keyes across.

VCU trimmed the lead to 4-2 with runs in the fifth and sixth. Nathan Furry hit a two-out single to start a rally in the fifth. Justin Wright followed with a single to put runners at first and second and Joe Van Meter plated Furry with a single up the middle. In the sixth, Richard Gonzalez hit a leadoff single and with two outs, Carlos Rodriguez singled and R.J. Schenk hit an RBI single to leftfield.

The Longhorns capped the scoring with two runs in the seventh. With one out, Danks and Russell drew walks and moved to third and second, respectively on a wild pitch. Clark delivered a two-run single to leftfield.

An announced crowd of 5,990 came out to see the first game played at newly renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

In his first collegiate game, Keyes went 3-for-4 with one double and one run scored. Clark went 2-for-3 with four RBI. Tucker added a pair of hits and a stolen base.

Furry and Van Meter each logged two hits for the Rams.

Wood earned the victory, yielding just two runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings. Freshman Brandon Workman pitched two hitless shutout innings of relief, fanning three and walking one. Kyle Walker closed out the game with one shutout inning with two strikeouts and two hits.

Will Hirsch was saddled with the loss for VCU. He allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings.

The Longhorns and Rams play game two of the series Saturday at noon.

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