Texas Loses Back-and-Forth Battle to Stanford

The Texas Longhorns dropped the second of their three-game weekend set with Stanford, 6-5, in a tight game that featured each team trading blows. In the end, it was a two-run homer from Stanford catcher Jason Castro in the seventh did the Longhorns in.

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Game 2 of Texas and Stanford's weekend series was a back-and-forth scrape between the Longhorns and Cardinal, as each team jockeyed for position. There were only three innings in Saturday's game in which neither team scored a run.

Unfortunately for Texas, two of those were the eighth and ninth innings. Stanford catcher Jason Castro put the Cardinal up 6-5 in the top of the seventh with a two-run blast over the right field wall and the visitors held on to their one-run advantage to take the win.

"It was just a battle all the way, I'm just disappointed," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido. "It was a good college baseball game and the wrong team won."

Texas fell to 9-3 on the year with the loss and Stanford improved to 7-5. Texas used five pitchers in the loss. Junior Kenn Kasparek started the game and pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one. The loss, however, went to sophomore Marcus Tackett, who came on in the sixth for Texas and surrendered what turned out to be the game-winning homerun in the seventh.

The homerun was Castro's fifth on the young season and Stanford head coach Mark Marquess said the junior catcher is just on a roll right now.

"Fastball, breaking ball, curve, it doesn't matter, he's hitting them all," said Marquess. "He's hot right now and we're riding him a bit."

Saturday's Texas loss ties the weekend series up at a game a piece between the Longhorns and the Cardinal.

"You know, I'm really more interested in seeing tomorrow," said Garrido. "Probably because the day is over, but I'm really interested in seeing how we respond tomorrow," said Garrido.

Texas closes out its series with a rubber-match against Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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