Baseball: No. 1 Texas Sweeps Sam Houston State

The top-ranked Texas baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Sam Houston State Bearkats by taking a doubleheader, 8-2 and 1-0, Sunday at Disch-Falk Field. The three-game series lifted the Horns to 10-1, their best start since 1995 when UT opened at 15-0.

Junior pitching ace Justin Simmons scattered five hits and gave up no walks in seven innings of work in Sunday's opener. Junior Dustin Majewski went 2-for-4 in game one and drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth.

Bearkat Andrew Kasparek’s RBI single knotted the score, 2-2, in the top of the fourth. Texas would answer with a four-run fifth inning on the strength of RBI hits from Majewski, Scott Dodge and Curtis Thigpen. Texas put the game out of reach with two more runs in the seventh.

The Bearkats loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, but then sophomore reliever Huston Street was overpowering in not allowing a run to cross the plate.

Junior Eugene Espineli registered his first win on the year in game two, fanning six and giving up just three hits through six innings. Sophomore J.D. Reininger broke the scoreless tie with what proved to be the game-winning run by ripping a triple into deep center field, scoring Eric Sultemeier from first base in the bottom of the fourth.

Reininger was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 in game two while Tim Moss went 3-for-4. Junior Omar Quintanilla extended his hitting streak to 17 games, dating back last season (Rick Bradley set the school record at 24 in 1974).

Quintanilla cranked his first career grand slam in Texas’ 17-3 series-opening win on Saturday. (Sophomore Dusty Mangum’s field goal in the fourth quarter completed the scoring.)

Texas faces the UTSA Roadrunners at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Disch.

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