The last time the crowd at UFCU Disch-Falk Field saw junior starter Chase Shugart pitch, he delivered his best performance in a burnt-orange baseball cap. But Saturday afternoon against the New Orleans Privateers, Shugart allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings as he earned his fourth win of the season in leading No. 21 Texas to a 3-1 victory over New Orleans.
UT’s offense gave Shugart all the run support he needed in the first inning. Sophomore shortstop David Hamilton led off with a walk and then stole second. Junior left fielder Masen Hibbeler then singled back up the middle to drive Hamilton in. A double by freshman Zach Zubia moved Hibbeler to third, and then a sacrifice fly to center by freshman right fielder Andy McGuire scored Hibbeler, giving the Horns a 2-0 lead.
New Orleans scored in the fourth inning but was kept in check by Shugart and then freshman Bryce Elder.
Texas (28-14) will look to sweep New Orleans on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Blair Henley will start for the Longhorns.
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