Texas catcher Michael Cantu celebrates a score against UNLV at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Instant reaction: Texas 11, UNLV 2

Posted February 20th, 2016

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Texas 11, UNLV 2

The headline: Offense shows life against UNLV as Augie Garrido notches 800th win at Texas

Where it went right: A day after they struck out 11 times to open the season, the Horns got off to a fast start offensively with three runs in their first at-bat. Tres Barrera singled in one run before Michael Cantu sent a shot to left field that Payton Suier couldn’t handle. The error resulted in two more runs and a 3-0 UT lead. 

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The starter: Ty Culbreth looks like a keeper in the weekend rotation. A reliever for most of last season, he looked sharp aside from a solo bomb he surrendered to Andrew Yazdanbaksh in the fourth. It was the second homerun of the series for Yazdanbaksh, and it was another blast to left. Culbreth left after the fifth inning, as the plan is to not tax any of the starters this weekend. He struck out four — including two in a row to get out of a jam in the second inning — and walked one. He gave up four hits.

Top hitters: Bret Boswell, 3-4, 2B, two runs; Patrick Mathis, solo HR to start the 8th.

Key stat: UNLV committed five errors leading to four unearned runs by UT.

Next: 1 p.m. Sunday against UNLV — RHP Connor Mayes vs. RHP Ben Wright.

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