Longhorns Hammer Mountaineers

In what has become a pattern for the 2013 West Virginia baseball team during conference play, Mountaineer pitching again fell short in a Saturday Big 12 game.

Texas (21-16, 5-9) pounded out 14 hits in a 12-0 whitewash of WVU in front of a sellout crowd on Saturday in Austin. The win evened the series at one game apiece.

On a day when Texas honored their 1983 National Championship squad, horn starter Dillon Peters (4-2) showed that he's the ace of the staff with eight shutout innings. Peters allowed but four hits while walking three and striking out six. Texas reliever Travis Duke finished things off in the ninth for Texas.

WVU senior Dan Dierdorff (2-5) matched Peters pitch for pitch through the first three innings, but fell apart in the fourth as Texas scored five runs on six hits, including two doubles. The outburst was aided by one WVU error.

WVU (22-18, 5-6) fared no better in the fifth. Coach Randy Mazey pulled Dierdorff after allowing a double, a walk, and a two-run double to start the inning. Ryan Hostrander came to the mound and immediately gave up a walk, followed by catcher Jacob Felts three-run home run to left field. That gave UT a 10-0 lead.

Afteranother Texas run, West Virginia finally appeared to have something going in the top of the seventh. Brady Wilson led off the inning with a single up the middle. Ryan Tuntland followed with a single into the hole to right. Peters quickly got things under control, however, as he struck out Ryan McBroom for the second time in the game and then induced Jacob Rice to ground into an inning ending double play.

Texas put up another run in the eighth. WVU reliever Corey Holmes retired the first two batters to begin the inning, but then nailed Texas third baseman Madison Carter with a pitch high and inside. It was the second plunking on the day and the Longhorn fans were not pleased. Holmes made things worse as he was called for a balk on the next pitch, moving Carter to second. Carter then scored on a C.J. Hinojosa single to make the score 12-0.

Texas finished the game with 12 runs on 14 hits and committed no errors. West Virginia finished the game with no runs on four hits and committed two errors.

West Virginia will make its second attempt to win its first Big 12 road series on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. as Mountaineer left hander John Means(3-2, 3.15 ERA) takes the hill against Texas right hander Nathan Thornhill (2-5, 2.29). Thornhill has been Texas' most unlucky pitcher this season as the Longhorns have allowed 10 unearned runs in his nine starts on the season.

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