Workman Works UT Pan-Am for First Win

Freshman pitcher Brandon Workman won his first Texas start, striking out 11 batters in a 10-3 win over UT-Pan American.

"It went pretty well. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be," said Workman.

'Pretty well,' as Workman put it, was an 11-strikeout performance in his first start at Texas. Over six innings of work, the freshman right-hander from Bowie gave up two runs on six hits and only had one walk to go with his 11 Ks.

"I was really pleased to see his consistency and way he accepted the challenge in each situation," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido. "When he'd get to 3-2 (in the count), he was consistently the winner.

Tuesday's game was also a strong performance for another of the many freshman on this team. First baseman Brandon Belt had a game-high four RBI, going 2-for-4 from the plate with a sacrifice.

Belt also managed to get the hit that gave Texas its first lead of the game. Workman pitched well to start the contest, but he didn't get much run support as the Broncs took an early lead and were up 2-1 in the fifth inning.

"I knew we'd get runs eventually," said Workman. "(Jordan) Danks kept telling me, don't worry, we'll get 'em."

Texas loaded the bases and tied it up when Longhorn catcher Preston Clark was hit by a pitch. Texas then took the lead on Belt's single to right field and the Horns were off to the races. The Longhorns entered the bottom of the fifth down 2-1 and left it up 6-2 and were able to control the game the rest of the way.

"That happens in this game a lot," said Belt. "It creates a domino effect, you start out getting a base hit and everything started falling apart for them."

Texas plays UT-Pan American again on Wednesday before heading down to Houston for the start of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, in which the Longhorns take on Tennessee, Rice and Houston on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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