Sophomore Brandon Belt logged five RBI and picked up his first career save leading the No. 18 Texas Longhorns to a 9-6 win over the Texas State Bobcats in collegiate baseball action Tuesday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Belt went 3-for-4 tacked on five RBI, to increase his Big 12 Conference leading total to 33. He closed out the game pitching two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk and one hit batsman while striking out one.
Jordan Danks went 2-for-4 with one double, two runs and one RBI. He extended his hit streak to 12 games and stole his 32nd consecutive base without being caught. Cameron Rupp laced a single in the bottom of the eighth to extend his team-best hit streak to 14 games. Russell Moldenhauer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Preston Clark went 2-for-3 with one double, two runs and one RBI.
Belt fired the game's first shot, hitting a towering three-run home run over the rightfield fence. The dinger drove in Travis Tucker, who drew a walk, and Clark, who singled to rightfield.
The Horns inflated the cushion to 4-0 with a run in the third. Clark walked, moved to second on a single up the middle by Belt and scored on a single to leftfield by Moldenhauer.
Texas State trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Jerry Cervantes singled to leftfield and stole second base. With two outs, Thomas Field singled up the middle to put runners at the corners. Adam Witek plated both runners with a double down the leftfield line.
The Longhorns responded with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth, ballooning the lead to 6-2. Danks drew a walk and Tucker was hit by a pitch to start the one-out rally. Clark roped a double down the rightfield line to plate Danks and with two outs Tucker scored on a groundout by Moldenhauer.
Texas pushed the lead to 9-2 with three runs in the fifth. With one out, David Hernandez drew a walk and was replaced at first base on a fielder's choice groundout by Michael Torres. Danks laced a double to the gap in right centerfield driving in Torres. Tucker was hit by a pitch and Clark walked to load the bases. Belt followed with a two-run single up the middle.
The Bobcats would not go quietly into the night, cutting the lead to 9-5 with a three-run home run down the rightfield line by Jonathan Farrow. His tater drove in Field, who reached on a single and Laurn Randell who drew a walk.
Texas State added a run in the seventh. Ben Theriot hit an infield single and Cervantes dropped a single between the Horns centerfielder and rightfielder to put runners at the corners. Theriot touched home on a groundout to second base by Lance Loftin.
Cervantes led Texas State with three hits. Farrow went 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBI. Field also added a pair of hits.
Hunter Hill (1-0) picked up his first career victory, working one scoreless inning of relief. Casey Whitmer started the game for the Longhorns for the second time in three days, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two runs and two walks while striking out two.
Kane Holbrooks (1-2) was saddled with the loss for Texas State . He yielded four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over three innings.
Texas returns to action Thursday traveling to Lubbock for a three-game series against Texas Tech. Game times are 6 p.m., on Thursday and Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday.