Belt Belts Eight RBI in Win Over A&M-CC

An eight-RBI performance by sophomore Brandon Belt led the Texas Longhorns to a 22-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Wednesday afternoon.

"It was pretty simple," said Belt. "There were people on base and they gave me pitches. I was just glad to be on base."

Belt's RBI put him only two short of a 1978 10 RBI school record by Ron Gardenhire. He managed to cross the plate four times himself and went 4-for-6. Along the way he hit two doubles for the third time this season.

Belt also got the final K of the game. From the mound.

"He's magical," head Coach Augie Garrido said. "They throw it and he hits it. This hasn't come out of nowhere…he always does a great job in practice"

This marks the first time since June 2005 that the Horns have posted more than 20 runs. Juniors Travis Tucker, Michael Torres and Jordan Danks all contributed four runs and two hits apiece. Freshman catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai notched four runs of his own with three walks and a hit.

Texas has struggled lately defensively and has averaged two errors per game so far this season. A double error by second baseman and USC transfer Michael Torres in the third inning gave the Horns their only errors of the game and was one of the sole problems Garrido saw today.

"We can be a very dynamic offensive team," Garrido said.

When asked about anything that impressed him about his team's performance, Garrido pointed to his players' ability to pick good pitches and the way the team seems to have developed the right balance of patience and aggressiveness.

"We didn't swing at any bad pitches and I feel good about their character," he said.

The Horns brought out their biggest bats for the third and eighth innings. Every Longhorn that came to bat, except Kyle Russell and Tant Shepherd, toured around the bases in the third to rack up eight more runs and bring Texas to a 9-3 lead in the top of the fourth. In the eighth, TAMU-CC pitchers Andrew Longoria and Brett Gibson walked four batters and gave up a combined three hits and six runs. A single up the middle by Travis Tucker knocked in SS David Hernandez and Shepherd, both of whom reached the bags from being walked. A double by Belt and a single from sub RF Kyle Lusson gave each two RBI before LF replacement Kevin Keyes popped out to second base to close out the inning.

Freshman Brandon Workman made his second start of the season on the mound and gave up four hits, three runs and walked two batters before Keith Shinaberry finished out the fourth inning. Lefty Kyle Walker took the mound and the win by giving up only one hit and struck out four of the only six batters he faced in the fifth and sixth innings. The Islanders seemed to clean out their bullpen by sending eight pitchers to the mound. Overall, TAMU-CC gave up 16 hits.

An 18-run lead at the top of the ninth inning gave Garrido a chance to mix things up a bit. Eighth-inning pitcher Marcus Tackett took over first base for the final inning, giving Belt a chance to take a shot on the mound. After pitching to a ground-out and a pop-out to right field, Belt caught TAMU-CC's Gus Arismandi looking and finished the game three-up three-down.

Wednesday's win means the Horns took the two-game series against the Islanders and will be 8-2 heading into the weekend home series against Stanford this weekend.

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