Baseball: No. 9 Stanford Takes Two From Texas

Some days, it’s just better to throw away the sports page (or, at least keep it out of the reach of children).

Shortly after the No. 3 Texas men’s basketball team fell at Oklahoma State Saturday, the top-ranked Longhorn baseball team (11-3) dropped a double-header to No. 9 Stanford (9-5) by scores of 11-7 and 8-7 at Disch-Falk Field.

A two-out Cardinal rally plated four runs in the opening frame of Game One on the strength of Ryan Garko’s two-run homer and John Mayberry’s RBI triple. Stanford added three more runs in the second, punctuated by RBI-hits from Carlos Quentin and Mayberry, to open a 7-0 lead. Quentin would go 5-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI.

The Texas bats came to life in the bottom of the second, paced by J.D. Reininger’s double and Michael Hollimon’s RBI hit to make it, 7-2. But the visitors responded in the third, picking up two runs behind two fielding errors and adding another unearned score in the fifth.

Curtis Thigpen's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth and Eric Sultemeier’s RBI-double one inning later cut the Stanford lead to 10-4. Still, the Cardinal scored on another unearned to stretch thier lead to 11-4 before the Horns made it interesting in their final at-bat.

Texas tallied a pair of runs before Thigpen’s base hit that scored Scott Dodge. Alas, Sultemeier was thrown out at the plate to conclude the opener. Stanford starter John Hudgins threw seven innings, striking out eight, while Texas starter Danny Muegge was saddled with the loss. Freshman reliever Sam LeCure contributed a career-high six innings, striking out two and allowing no earned runs.

In Game Two, Longhorn ace Justin Simmons lost for the first time this season against three wins as the Cardinal took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. Texas evened the score in the second as Taylor Teagarden’s RBI double scored Reininger from first. But Stanford jumped back in front in the third on the strength of three straight singles, taking a 4-1 lead.

Run-scoring singles by both Tim Moss and Dustin Majewski in the fifth trimmed the deficit to 5-3, but the Cardinal responded with two runs in the sixth on consecutive hits (with two outs) from Donny Lucy and Brian Hall.

Texas answered by plating single runs in both the sixth and seventh while Stanford added another two-out run in the eighth. Trailing 8-5, the Horns scored twice in the eighth off RBI-hits from Moss and Omar Quintanilla. Texas had the tying run at the plate but reliever Matt Manship closed out the game to earn his second save of the year.

A bright spot: Quintanilla extended his hitting streak to 20 games dating back to last season (the school record is 24)

Texas will try to salvage a win in three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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