Baseball: Texas Takes Series Finale

The Texas Longhorns managed to avoid a sweep by topping Nebraska 12-3 Sunday afternoon in Austin.

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After losing to the Huskers on Friday and Saturday, a loss on Sunday would have been the first time the Horns were swept at home since their 1996 series with Cal State Fullerton.

"Early in the game you have a survival instinct because you don't want to get swept," head Coach Augie Garrido said, "then later in the game it turns to a killing instinct."

Starting pitcher Riley Boening got the win before letting Cole Green take the mound in the seventh inning and seal the deal. Boening and Green only gave up three hits apiece and Green allowed no runs under his watch.

"Pitching is usually what makes the difference and this time the difference was in our favor," Garrido said. "Riley was extremely competitive on the mound and performed at a high level."

The Horns had a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning before catcher Preston Clark knocked the ball into the parking lot and cleared pinch hitter Kevin Keyes off the bags. Keyes got a couple RBI of his own by cranking a pitch over the 20-foot high centerfield wall and knocking in Jordan Danks in the bottom of the eighth. A single by Danks that knocked in Travis Tucker and a ground-out to first base by Brandon Belt that sent Danks home extended the Horns' lead over Nebraska four more runs before the end of the eighth. Keyes went 2-for-2 overall. Junior Kyle Russell went 3-for-5 with one run and no RBI.

"The key for us was much better teamwork these last two days...It was literally every guy doing their best," said Garrido.

Nebraska came out of the gate playing well with a single to left field by first baseman Craig Corriston sent home D.J. Belfonte to get an early run on the board. Unfortunately, the Huskers failed to score again until the seventh inning. Cody Neer homered to left field and gave Nebraska their last two runs of the game.

Overall, the Cornhuskers had six hits to the Longhorns' 14 and four errors to Texas's one. The Longhorns are now 18-8 and 5-4 in Big 12 play.

"It's really just about hustle. Once that fire starts, it gets blazing fast," Garrido said.

Next, Texas takes on Rice at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

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