Baseball: Texas Completes San Diego Sweep, 7-2

Longhorn relief pitcher <B>Josh Smith </B>earned his first career win Sunday as the top-ranked Texas baseball team scattered 14 hits in posting a 7-2 win over host University of San Diego at Cunningham Stadium.

Texas is now 3-0 while USD, an NCAA tournament team last season, fell to 2-4. The win completed a three-game sweep as the Horns downed the Toreros 9-7 in Friday‘s opener and pasted the home team, 17-4, Saturday.

UT registered all the offense it would need in the first inning as seven batters drove home three runs on four hits against starting pitcher Sean Warlop. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ryan Russ scored Tim Moss on a sacrifice fly. Curtis Thigpen’s single drove in two more runs, including Dustin Majewski deftly beating the tag with a headfirst slide into home plate.

Moss tallied three hits for the third straight game while Majewski was 2-for-4 on the afternoon, including two RBI.

UT starting pitcher Eugene Espineli gave up a single in the bottom of the first before retiring the next seven batters.

The Texas bats came alive again in the top of the third when Omar Quintanilla doubled to left field for his first extra base hit on the season. Then, Majewski’s third round-tripper of the series staked Texas to a 5-0 lead.

USD responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on the strength of Tom Caple’s and Joey Prast’s sacrifice fly to deep center field. But Texas regained the five-run lead in the next frame, starting with Joe Ferin’s RBI-single. Then, Michael Hollimon stole home as USD defenders were occupied with Ferin’s run down between first and second base.

Smith, J.P. Howell and Huston Street then held USD to two hits in six scoreless innings of relief work.

Texas’ home opener is slated for 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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