Baseball: Street Struggles But Texas Batters SWT

One thing that can be said of No. 1 Texas (7-1) on the young season is that its batters have responded immediately and aggressively to squash big innings from opponents. The trend continued Tuesday as the Longhorns beat back Southwest Texas State University, 13-7, behind hitting-machines <B>Omar Quintanilla, Tim Moss </B>and<B> Dustin Majewski.</B>

Sophomore J.P. Howell recorded his first win in a Texas uniform. Howell fanned three batters during 5.1 innings of work.

The visitors jumped to an early 2-0 advantage after Howell gave up four singles followed by a bases-loaded walk in the top of the third. Texas, though, answered in the bottom of the inning with four hits, including Moss‘ two-run triple and an RBI base hit from Quintanilla to take a 3-2 lead. Quintanilla has now hit safely in 14 games dating back to the 2002 College World Series.

Moss tripled again in the fifth to score one run and Quintanilla brought him in with a groundout to second base. Texas added to its lead, 5-2.

Then, on one of those patented two-out Texas rallies, Majewski unleashed a base-clearing triple, scoring all three runners on board, as the Horns staked a 9-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Huston Street came on in relief after SWT loaded the bases in the seventh with none out. The sophomore surrendered only a sacrifice fly before ending the frame with Texas still comfortably in front, 9-3. Street, though, would register 51 pitches on the afternoon and gave up a three-run homer to Evan Tierce in the top of the eighth.

Again, Texas responded with its second four-run inning of the afternoon, fueled by RBI-doubles from J.D. Reininger, Curtis Thigpen and Ryan Russ, as well a run-scoring single from Scott Dodge.

Street loaded the bases and walked in a run in the top of the ninth, but reliever Brantley Jordan registered the final three outs to end the game.

Texas now faces Sam Houston State in a three-game series at Disch-Falk Field at 2:30 p.m., Friday.

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