Three Newcomers Combine for Shutout Win

There are a lot of new pieces on the 2008 Longhorn baseball team and that includes the pitching staff. Three of those newcomers, Chance Ruffin, Casey Whitmer and Marcus Tackett combined for a shutout win over UT Pan-American.

The Texas Longhorns extended their record to 5-0 with a win of the same mark over UT Pan-American.

The game only went seven innings, as each head coach decided to end the second of the team's two games early, but throughout the entire contest there was little UTPA could do at the plate. A trio of Texas pitchers on the mound, Chance Ruffin, Casey Whitmer and Marcus Tackett held the Broncs to just three hits and no runs.

"It's hard to lose when you get pitching like that," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido, "and that's a beautiful thing because losing makes my life a lot more difficult."

Texas hasn't lost a game yet, but it'll be a true mark of this team's toughness if it emerges from this weekend unscathed. The Longhorns travel 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.

"We're going to have a new experience in front of us," said Garrido, "playing two of the finest and most competitive teams in Texas and also a fine team in Tennessee."

Garrido said the games will do a good job of showing Texas fans where this team is and not just because of the level of competition, but also of the location.

"Environment plays a bigger role than people know and it's going to be interesting to see how our team responds," said Garrido.

First pitch Friday and Saturday's game is a 7:00 p.m. and Sunday's starts at 6:00.

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