Texas Baseball Shuts Out Dallas Baptist 3-0

The Texas Longhorns broke their four-game losing streak on Tuesday evening behind a trio of excellent pitching performances and some much-needed timely hitting. Pitchers Austin Dicharry, Keith Shinaberry, and Chance Ruffin combined for the club's fifth shutout of the season – a 3-0 win over Dallas Baptist.

Texas (15-6) got a strong effort from Dicharry, a freshman right-hander. The Klein Collins product tossed a career-high 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits. He walked just one and had a career best eight strikeouts.

Dicharry overpowered the DBU hitters with his curveball and changeup throughout the game. Instead of pitching off his fastball – which is the norm for most hurlers – Dicharry relied on his offspeed stuff early in the count. He still used his fastball as a put-away pitch, recording a handful of strikeouts by freezing hitters with fastballs on the corners. The strategy is a new one for the youngster, and it appears to be working well.

"I really worked on my changeup and curveball with Coach Skip a lot," Dicharry said. "He has done a great job with it. Today I just mixed that in and it worked out really well for us."

The Patriots (12-7) countered with ace righty Victor Black, a 6-foot-4 junior. Black was undoubtedly one of the more talented pitchers the Longhorns will face all season, and Texas coach Augie Garrido was impressed with his stuff.

"We made some real good adjustments to one of the best pitchers we've seen all year," Garrido explained. "He was throwing 95 [mph] and sometimes a little better and sometimes a little less. And he was able to get his breaking ball over."

Clutch hits have been difficult to come by for the Longhorns of late, but third baseman Michael Torres got the scoring started with a two-out RBI single to the opposite field in the third inning.

Kyle Lusson, who got the start in center, officially finished the game 0-for-0 at the plate, but he directly contributed to a Texas run in each of his three plate appearances.

Lusson helped ignite the third-inning rally with his leadoff walk – his first free pass of the season. Two innings later, the Austin native came around to score after drawing yet another walk. In his final at-bat, Lusson laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, allowing Brandon Loy to knock home Cameron Rupp for the game's third and final run.

With just five starts on the season, Lusson hasn't exactly been getting consistent at-bats, but he had little trouble stepping in on Tuesday night.

"Coach Garrido has been talking to me about just really focusing and seeing the ball," said Lusson. "It's what we really wanted to work on tonight – working the count and picking out the pitches that are outside the zone. I got a couple of walks."

Lusson says Garrido has made plate discipline a primary focus over the last week.

"It's something that Coach Garrido has been stressing a lot lately," he said. "The offensive part of our team should be based around seeing the ball, seeing the pitch.

"Where we've been getting in trouble in the last week has been not seeing the pitches – going up there with the wrong kind of attitude. It has been getting us in trouble at the plate."

Already armed with perhaps the nation's best pitching staff, the Longhorns can only hope Tuesday's opportunistic offensive performance is a sign of things to come.

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