Green's Pitching Beats Huskers

The Texas Longhorns completed their first-ever series sweep of the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 9-2 victory on Saturday afternoon. Longhorn starter Cole Green threw his first career complete game while scattering four hits and striking out five batters.

LINCOLN, NE - Pitching in front of a red-clad crowd of 5,219, Longhorn starter Cole Green turned in his most effective start of the conference season. The sophomore went the distance, tossing his first career nine-inning complete game. The sinkerballer kept the ball down in the zone, getting 14 groundouts versus eight flyouts. He also surrendered just four hits while striking out five.

After the Texas bullpen combined for 9.2 innings of work yesterday, Green's complete game couldn't have come at a better time.

"This gave me an opportunity to pick up my bullpen because they have picked me up the last couple of times," Green said after the victory. "I just wanted to get us back on track and give the other guys rest."

An excellent offensive attack on Saturday gave the Longhorns perhaps their most complete effort of the season. The Texas bats busted through for nine runs on a season-high 15 hits in the contest.

The ‘Horns scored first for the tenth consecutive game with a single run in the first inning. Texas manufactured the run with a leadoff single, a double steal, and an RBI groundout from Russell Moldenhauer.

All weekend, the Longhorns took advantage of their speed against the ‘Huskers, stealing 10 bases in the three-game set.

"It puts pressure on the defense," said second baseman Travis Tucker. "It makes the defense speed up and it opens up holes. We're a fast team and we need to start stealing some more bases, be aggressive, and make more productive outs."

Texas led 5-0 through three innings after scoring two runs in the second and third frames. Centerfielder Connor Rowe hit a two-run shot in the second, tying him for the team lead with four home runs on the year.

The Longhorns raced out to big early leads in the first two games, but Nebraska fought back both times. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as the ‘Huskers never threatened.

When the dust had settled, six Texas hitters had multi-hit efforts, including Travis Tucker, who was 3-for-4 with a base on balls. After the sweep, Tucker was pleased with the team's progress.

"We're a more all-around team," said Tucker. "We can hit -- we got some bunts down and we got a couple of bunt hits. We're playing some good defense. Our pitching has been great all season. Our hitting has started to come around, and that's giving us a lot more confidence."

The Longhorns entered the weekend at just 6-6 in the Big 12, but they jumped to second place after their sweep of the rapidly sliding Cornhuskers. Texas improved to 9-6 in the conference and 24-8 overall, while the ‘Huskers dropped to 4-11 in the league and 16-18-1 overall.


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