Baseball: Texas Takes Game Two in San Diego

</b>Starting pitcher<B> Justin Simmons</b> didn't bring his best stuff to San Diego. <B>Dustin Majewski</b>, <B>Nic Crosta</b> and the Longhorn batters ensured that it didn't matter.

Simmons pitched three shaky innings, giving up two runs before giving way to reliever Buck Cody to start the fourth, but the Texas offensive attack, despite scoring in just three innings, racked up 17 hits and 17 runs in a 17-4 win over San Diego. Majewski and Crosta slugged homers, Majewski's a three-run shot in UT's eight-run fifth inning outburst and Crosta's a grand slam in the Horns' five-run third.

With Texas trailing 1-zip in the top of the third, Majewski drove in Tim Moss with the tying run and Crosta cracked a deep ball to center that cleared the bases and gave the Horns all the runs they'd need to grab win No. 2 on the young season. But unlike in the series opener, Texas did not let the Toreros hang around for a late inning run.

After giving up single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth which closed the Longhorn lead to two at 5-3, Texas erupted for its second eight-run inning of the series in the top of the fifth. Majewski delivered the big blow in the inning with a three-run homer. Curtis Thigpen also contributed a two-RBI ground rule double in the frame, pushing UT to a 13-3 cushion. Texas added four more runs in the sixth on a barrage of singles from Scott Dodge, Joe Ferin, Moss, Omar Quintanilla and J.D. Reininger plus walks to Michael Hollimon and Majewski.

On the mound, Cody struggled over the first few batters of the fourth, leading Frank Anderson to go to the 'pen and Sam LeCure. The true freshman rightie turned in an outstanding first outing, going three-and-a-third innings, surrendering just one hit and one earned run to earn the win. J. Brent Cox, another true freshman hurler, closed out the game with two innings of no-hit mound work.

Eugene Espineli is the scheduled Longhorn starter in tomorrow's series closing game at 3.


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