Bret Boswell (17) celebrates home run with Tyler Rand (6) in the final game in a series against the Rice University Owls at the University of Texas' UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas on February 19, 2017 (Andy Nietupski for AMERICAN STATESMAN)

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The Final Pitch: Texas 9, UConn 3

Posted February 26th, 2017

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After splitting the first two games, Texas closed out a three-game series against UConn with a 9-3 win on Sunday.

Texas (5-3) grabbed a three-run lead in the opening inning at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The first home run of freshman Ryan Reynolds’ collegiate career was a two-run job, and Bret Boswell singled home Kacy Clemens. UConn (4-3) pulled within a run over the next two innings, but Clemens drove in a run during the third inning before later scoring on a passed ball.

Texas went onto score four more times. Those nine runs were the most scored by the Longhorns in Austin since a 12-2 win over Kansas on April 16, 2016.

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Picking up the win on the mound was junior Jake McKenzie, who relieved starter Blair Henley with an out in the third inning. A year after he pitched only 1 1/3 innings, McKenzie allowed one hit and no walks over 4 2/3 innings. Listed as both a right-handed pitcher and infielder on Texas’ roster, McKenzie also successfully fielded four balls during his second appearance of the season.

Texas will next host Lamar on Tuesday.

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