Texas Gets Right Against Texas State, 12-2

The Longhorns entered Tuesday night's game in desperate need of a victory, and that's exactly what they got. Coming off an 0-3-1 week against Rice and Kansas State, Texas faced another highly ranked BoydsWorld.com RPI team in number 35 Texas State on Tuesday. The ‘Horns played one of their most complete games of the season, cruising to a 12-2 victory.

Facing starter Brandon Workman, the Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from DH Keith Prestridge. The score marked the first time the Longhorns had allowed a first-inning run at home all season.

Texas struck back immediately on Brandon Belt's team-leading fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to left field.

"I think Belt's two-run home run was a big inspiration for the team," said Texas Head Coach Augie Garrido. "It motivated the team."

The Bobcats tied it up in the top of the second after Workman issued two walks and gave up a single to leadoff hitter Tyler Sibley.

But UT's offense wouldn't be denied. Texas began their half of the second with singles from Kevin Lusson and Brandon Loy. After a Preston Clark sacrifice bunt, Lusson scored on a wild pitch and Connor Rowe laced an RBI single to right field, bringing Loy home.

Texas quickly had a 4-2 lead, and they didn't look back.

Sophomore hurler Stayton Thomas took the mound in the third for the ‘Horns, and he didn't appear to be impressed with the Bobcats' .342 team batting average.

Thomas pitched masterfully, logging a career-high five innings and keeping Texas State off the scoreboard. He surrendered just three hits, walked none, and struck out two.

"I feel like it's my time to step up and help this team as much as I can," Thomas said. "That's what I tried to do tonight because we needed this win badly going into Baylor this weekend."

In the meantime, Texas continued to pad its lead.

Rowe came back with a run-scoring double in the fourth and another opposite-field RBI single in the sixth en route to a 3-for-5 performance with three runs batted in.

The sophomore centerfielder attributed the success to a pre-game adjustment.

"I came out tonight telling myself that I was going to try and do something different," he said. "I switched up my hands and put them in a different position. It felt real comfortable. For some reason, it carried over and I was seeing the ball better."

Second baseman Travis Tucker gave UT a 7-2 lead with his bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning.

Freshman Kevin Lusson, who went 4-for-4 with a walk on the night, widened the scoring gap with an RBI double in the seventh and a run-scoring single in the eighth.

After appearing in his first game on April 15, the freshman has gone 8-for-16 with three doubles and seven walks, giving him a pristine .652 on-base percentage.

Loy followed Lusson's single with a double to the left-center field gap, scoring two and giving the Longhorns a season-high 12 runs on the night. Freshman left-hander Andrew McKirahan closed out the game with two scoreless innings, striking out two batters.

After snapping Texas State's 12-game winning streak with a dominant victory, Garrido was clearly pleased with his team's performance.

"It was one of our better games," Garrido said. "It was really consistent. They were really competitive, but they were relaxed. But they were focused. They did not drag last week into this week. That's what I'm most proud of. And they played as a team -- they played hard as a team and they played steady as a team."


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