Offense Carries Texas to Blowout Victory

WACO, TX - Cole Green racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts and Texas scored a season-high 19 runs in a dominating victory over the Baylor Bears on Saturday evening. Burnt Orange Beat was on hand to provide coverage.

Entering the week, the Texas Longhorns had scored double-digit runs three times in 41 games.

After Saturday's 19-11 shellacking of the Baylor Bears, they've now done it three times in three games.

The Bears looked much like they did on Friday. The club had more errors than hits for the first six innings in game two. The eight-run margin in the final score wasn't quite indicative of the game, as the Bears plated six runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Longhorns first baseman Brandon Belt set the tone with an opposite-field home run in the top of the first off Baylor starter Aaron Miller, giving Texas an early 1-0 lead.

And then the wheels fell off for Miller and his teammates.

Miller loaded the bases in the second inning via two walks and a hit-by-pitch, setting the stage for a Connor Rowe bloop RBI single. Leadoff hitter and second baseman Travis Tucker followed by launching a grand slam over the left field fence.

Nine batters into the game, the Longhorns had a 6-0 lead, and Miller's night was done.

Baylor struck back in the bottom of the frame when catcher Gregg Glime hit a two-run homer off Green.

But the Texas offense was not to be denied.

The Longhorns scored four runs on a trio of run-scoring singles from Rowe, Michael Torres, and Belt in the third inning, and UT had extended its advantage to 10-2.

The lead was plenty for Cole Green, who was excellent all night.

The sophomore right-hander went seven innings, giving up five runs -- just two earned -- on four hits. He walked three and struck out a career-high ten batters.

"I thought I located every well, especially with my secondary pitches like my slider and changeup," Green said after the game. "I kind of worked off those with my fastball."

Green did exactly what the Longhorns asked of him on Saturday. While the offense kept scoring runs, the hurler didn't allow any extended Baylor rallies. Green retired the inning's leadoff hitter in the first six frames, getting five on strikes.

Texas' long innings at the plate caused Green to sit and wait in the dugout. But he says as long as the team is scoring runs, it doesn't matter to him.

"I'd wait around all day for them to score runs for me," he said. "That's just something I would like to have all the time. It's something you have to go through, but obviously you like 19 runs."

While Green was mowing down the Baylor lineup, the Longhorns continued to blast Baylor reliever Shawn Tolleson.

Catcher Cameron Rupp broke out of his slump with a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Baylor's struggling defense was put on showcase again in the fifth.

Baylor shortstop Shaver Hansen began the frame with his third error of the weekend, as he threw Rowe's routine ground ball into the visiting dugout. Then Torres lined a single to center that got by Ben Booker and rolled all the way to the wall. Both Rowe and Torres came around to score with ease on the three-base error.

When the inning ended, Texas had scored a season-high 14 runs in just five innings.

The Bears retired the Longhorns in order in the seventh inning. Normally such an inning isn't cause for celebration, but it was the first 1-2-3 inning for the Baylor pitching staff in 29 innings.

The success didn't last long. UT came back with a five-run eighth to give them 19 runs for the game. Included in the frame were three singles, three walks, and a double from outfielder Kyle Lusson.

More than anything, Longhorns head coach Augie Garrido was impressed with his club's consistency at the plate.

"That's the longest we've been able to sustain that level of concentration, where each inning we came back," Garrido said. "I was really pleased with the way we came back after they had scored three runs. We responded again."

Despite a spirited ninth-inning rally, the Bears fell eight runs short of the Longhorns on Saturday, and their season appears to be spinning out of control in a hurry. Baylor has dropped seven consecutive Big 12 games and they currently sit at seventh place in the conference.

On the other hand, the game two win was huge for the Longhorns, who reclaimed sole possession of first place in the league, jumping one-half game ahead of Texas A&M.

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