No. 1 Texas Salvages Win Against No. 9 Stanford

Behind solid pitching and a four-run seventh inning, the top-ranked Texas (12-3) baseball team salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 7-1, against No. 9 Stanford (9-6) at Disch-Falk Field Sunday. The Horns dropped a double-header to the Cardinal Saturday.

Eugene Espineli pitched 4-2/3 innings, allowing only one unearned run on four hits while striking out three. Josh Smith picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings, surrendering only one hit while striking out one.

Eric Sultemeier had the hot bat for Texas, going 3-for-4 with a run scored while Omar Quintanilla extended his hitting streak to 21 games (the school record is 24).

For the third straight game, Stanford took the early lead. The visitors moved out in front 1-0 in the second as a fielding error, combined with two singles, scored an unearned run. Danny Putnam drove in the game's first run but Dustin Majewski threw out John Mayberry at the plate trying to score from second on Putnam's base hit.

Texas knotted the game at one in the bottom of the second as Sultemeier's two-out RBI-single scored J.D. Reininger from second. Majewski's fourth home run of the year in the fourth inning gave Texas its first lead of the series at 2-1.

After emerging unscathed from a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth, Texas added a run in the bottom half of the frame as Quintanilla drove in Tim Moss from second. The Horns put this one out of reach in the seventh, starting with Joe Ferin's one-out RBI-single. Majewski added a two-run double while Reininger singled home another to put Texas in front, 7-1.

Closer Huston Street held Stanford scoreless over the final two innings.

Texas faces No. 2 Rice at Disch-Falk Field at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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