Baseball: Top-Ranked Texas Slugs UTSA, 14-1

Junior <B>Eric Sultemeier</B> drove in a career-high five runs on two homers as the No. 1 Texas baseball team (11-1) cruised to a 14-1 shellacking over UT-San Antonio (1-6) at Disch-Falk Field, Tuesday. Freshman <B>J. Brent Cox </B>collected his first collegiate win after relieving Texas starter <B>J.P. Howell</B>.

Texas scored all the runs it would need in the opening frame.

Following a leadoff walk to Tim Moss, both Omar Quintanilla and Dustin Majewski an supplied extra-base hit to complete a three-run inning for the Horns. Quintanilla went 3-for-3 with two RBI to extend his hitting streak to 18 games dating back to last season.

The Roadrunners responded in the top of the second as Shane Menn opened with a double and then scored on a double-play groundout.

Quintanilla and Majewski plated two more runs for the Horns in the fourth with a sacrifice fly and a base hit, respectively. Sultemeier cranked his first home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth to pad Texas’ lead, 6-1.

Texas blew this one wide open in the following frame, opening up an 11-run cushion. Six Longhorns crossed the plate thanks to Quintanilla’s double, Sultemeier’s three-run homer and a solo round-tripper from Curtis Thigpen. Pinch-hitter Nic Crosta added a two-run double in the seventh for the final 14-1 margin.

Texas batters tallied 11 hits on the afternoon while UTSA collected four. Five Texas pitchers shackled the Roadrunners' bats during the final seven innings as head coach Augie Garrido’s bunch won its eight straight.

But here’s where it gets interesting: after opening the season against a fodder of directional schools, Texas begins a three-game series against No. 9 Stanford at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Disch-Falk Field.

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