Baseball: Russell Powers Texas to a Win

The No. 12 Texas Longhorns received a pair of home runs from Kyle Russell in a 9-2 win over the No. 8 Missouri Tigers to avoid the series sweep Sunday afternoon.

Box Score

Chance Ruffin (4-2) had his longest career outing, going 5.1 innings. He allowed just two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four to earn the victory. Cole Green recorded his second save of the season, retiring all 11 batters he faced over 3.2 innings, including three strikeouts.

Russell jump started the Longhorns' offense with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Michael Torres led off the frame with a single, extending his consecutive game hit streak to 22, two shy of the school-record of 24 set by Rick Bradley in 1974. Torres moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout. With two outs, Russell Moldenhauer drew a walk to put runners on the corners and Russell followed with a moon shot over the wall in rightfield, staking the Longhorns to a 3-0 lead.

Texas (23-12, 8-7 Big 12) added a pair of runs in the visitor half of the second. With one out, David Hernandez, Travis Tucker and Torres laced together three consecutive doubles to inflate the cushion to 5-0.

In the third inning, Moldenhauer hit the fourth UT double of the game to start the inning. With one out, Kawika Emsley-Pai logged his first career RBI with a single to centerfield, plating Moldenhauer.

The Texas lead ballooned to 7-0 in the top of the fifth inning with Russell's second home run of the game which was also deposited over the wall in rightfield. The two-out dinger came on a 2-2 offering.

Missouri (25-9, 7-5) broke the scoring seal in the home half of the fifth. Kurt Calvert drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single to centerfield by Kyle Mach, trimming the lead to 7-1.

The Longhorns extended the lead back out to seven runs with one tally in the sixth. Kyle Lusson hit a leadoff single through the left side, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hernandez and scored on a single down the leftfield line by Torres, giving UT an 8-1 advantage.

The Tigers made one last rally in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Jacob Priday drew a walk. Trevor Coleman and Calvert followed with singles to plate Priday, cutting the gap to 8-2. Cole Green entered the game, inducing a pop fly and retiring a Tiger on strikes to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Torres manufactured a Texas run. He drew a four-pitch walk to commence the inning, moved to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.

Torres went 3-for-4 with one double, two runs scored and two RBI. Russell hit 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. David Hernandez went 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored.

Ian Berger (3-2) was saddled with the loss for Missouri. He yielded seven runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings.

Texas returns to action Wednesday with the Longhorns hosting UT Arlington in a 6:05 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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