Baseball: No. 1 Texas Takes Two From UTA

The cold, nasty drizzle that hovered over Austin since Tuesday&#146;s baseball loss to Texas A&amp;M-Corpus Christi (and UT men&#146;s hoops loss at Colorado) gave way to one of those sun-splashed 70 degree February days in Austin as <B>Augie Garrido&#146;s</B> top ranked club (5-1) took a series-opening double-dip from visiting UT-Arlington (2-2) by scores of 8-2 and 11-3, Sunday.

The Mavericks jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame against starter Danny Muegge on the strength of Robby Deevers’ bases-loaded single. The Horns escaped further damage by turning the double play to end the inning and answered with two runs of their own during their first at-bat. Omar Quintanilla's RBI-triple scored Tim Moss while Dustin Majewski contributed a run-scoring groundout.

Michael Hollimon broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth with his first homer of the year, and Texas led 3-2. But Hollimon wasn’t done, as the sophomore drove in two runs and collected three extra-base hits in four at bats in the opening game. Paced by extra-bases hits from Hollimon, J.D. Reininger, and Joe Ferin, the Horns jumped to a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Texas tallied its final run in the eighth on Curtis Thigpen’s RBI-single that scored Hollimon. Muegge collected his second win of the young season after pitching a career-high 7-1/3 innings.

Texas followed its 10-hit set in the opener by scattering 14 hits in the nightcap with Quintanilla going 4-for-5 with two doubles, extending his current hit streak (dating back to last season's College World Series) to 12 games. Texas ace Justin Simmons collected the 11-3 win, fanning five batters in six innings.

The Horns took the early lead and never looked back, as Reininger cranked a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. The Mavericks answered in the top of the second as Paul Bruder’s RBI-double made it a 3-1 affair.

Texas, though, did most of the damage in the fourth inning. The Horns sent 11 batters to the plate and jumped to an 8-1 lead on the strength of RBI singles from Moss and Hollimon as well Thigpen’s two-run base hit.

Ryan Roberts had the hot bat for UTA by going 3-for-3, including a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Thigpen quickly responded during Texas’ next at-bat with a RBI base hit. The Mavs registered an unearned run in the seventh, while Texas added a pair in the seventh.

Texas and UTA will conclude the rain-delayed, three-game series at Disch-Falk Field at 2:30 p.m., Monday.

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