A bases-loaded walk followed by a two-run single and a wild pitch lifted the Texas Longhorns to a 4-0 win over No. 6 Stanford in California on Thursday night.
With Ryan Reynolds at the plate in the top of the ninth, Zach Grech gave up a walk on five pitches and that’s all the No. 12 Longhorns would need to take the win.
The Texas pitching staff had a stellar night, outlasting a strong performance by Stanford starter Brendan Beck. Three Longhorns combined for the shutout.
Ty Madden had a great start for Texas (12-3), though he left the game with no decision after seven innings. He allowed five hits and struck out seven in his 107-pitch effort.
Tristan Stevens didn’t allow a hit in relief as he walked two and struck out two in 2/3 of an inning. Kamron Fields picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out two in the process.
Beck, a 2018 freshman All-American, stifled the Longhorns through eight innings but wobbled near the end. He gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out five batters.
Duke Ellis singled to start the top of the ninth before Eric Kennedy drew a walk. That chased Beck from the mound.
A ground out and an intentional walk issued by Grech set the stage for Reynolds to pick up the bases-loaded RBI.
Texas added insurance with an RBI single by Tate Shaw to make it 3-0. After another pitching change, a wild pitch by Cody Jensen gave the Longhorns another run.
Neither team allowed an extra-base hit through eight innings before Fields gave up a double to Nick Brueser in the ninth. Fields held strong, however, issuing a strikeout before ending the game with a fly out by Maverick Handley.
The four-game series continues Friday with Bryce Elder scheduled to face Jacob Palisch at 8:05 p.m. in Stanford, Calif.
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