Texas takes the field against Texas A&M during an NCAA baseball game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on April 2, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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The Final Pitch: Texas 7, Lamar 2

Posted April 16th, 2019

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On Tuesday, Texas took care of business in its midweek meeting with Lamar at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Two days after it was shutout by Kansas State, the Texas offense got to work in the third inning. Turner Gauntt’s single from the batting order’s ninth slot led off an eight-batter parade. Gauntt eventually scored on an Austin Todd groundout, and UT then cleared a bases-loaded opportunity on a play that featured a Tate Shaw double and a Lamar error.

Read more: Can Matteo Bocchi turn in a strong midweek start for Texas?

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Right-handed pitcher Matteo Bocchi made that early lead stick. Over five shutout innings, Bocchi surrendered three hits and no walks. Bocchi, who pitched three innings of no-hit relief in last week’s upending of Rice, has earned the win in each of his last two appearances. Bocchi was making only the second start of his senior season.

Texas improved its record to 24-15 with Tuesday’s victory. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for Lamar (13-24). UT has now won 34 times in a 41-game series with Lamar that dates back to 1970.

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Gauntt started at catcher on Tuesday, and he singled in the first at-bat of his collegiate career. Gauntt also applied the tag on a Lamar’s Reese Durand during a fifth-inning play at the plate.

A redshirt freshman, Gauntt was cut before this season started. After losing catchers DJ Petrinsky and Caston Peter to injuries, the NCAA approved an appeal by Texas to add Gauntt to its roster. Gauntt’s father, Robert, played on UT’s 1983 championship team.

NOTABLE NUMBER: 14. Texas first baseman Sam Bertelson and shortstop Masen Hibbeler were both guilty of errors on Tuesday. It was the 14th time this season that the UT defense was responsible for at least two errors. Over 65 games in 2018, Texas had 14 games in which it committed two or more errors. The Longhorns have 11 multi-mistake performances during their 63-game 2017 season.

UP NEXT: Texas will hit the road tomorrow for a three-game series at Oklahoma State that begins on Thursday night. The Cowboys currently sit in second place in the Big 12 standings with a 7-5 record while seventh-place Texas has won five of its 11 conference games.  Oklahoma State ranks 10th nationally with its 47 home runs, 12 of which were hit last Friday against Kansas.

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