The Texas Longhorns found some offense in the fourth inning and were able to hold off a potential ninth-inning rally for a 7-5 win over the UCLA Bruins on Friday night in Los Angeles, Calif.
Bret Boswell homered and Tres Barrera went 3-for-5 to lead the Longhorns’ offensive attack. Both finished the game with two runs batted in while Zane Gurwitz went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Kacy Clemens also doubled and drove a run in.
With the game tied at 2-2 after three innings, Texas put up four runs in the fourth to take control of the game and get back to .500 on the season at 7-7.
Gurwitz doubled to score Kody Clemens to give the Longhorns their first lead of the game in the fourth inning at 3-2. Travis Jones hit a sacrifice fly to score Jake McKenzie who had reached base on an error earlier in the inning. Boswell rounded out the inning with his two-run shot to put the Longhorns up 6-2.
Jon Malmin (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, allowing one hit and striking out three in 1 2/3 innings after starter Kyle Johnston walked five batters and struck out four in 3 1/3 innings.
Travis Duke cruised for three innings in relief of Malmin, allowing three hits in three innings and striking out two batters.
The bottom of the ninth didn’t start well for the Longhorns and Chase Shugart as he dealt two walks, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter before recording a single out. Nolan Kingham came on to try to stop the bleeding and was able to pick up his first save after three Bruins crossed home plate.
Griffin Canning (2-1) was hit with the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t get much help from his offense as the Bruins (6-7) stranded 16 batters.
The teams will play again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Los Angeles before closing out the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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