Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored two runs in the first inning, but it was all Texas after that as the Longhorns baseball team defeated the Islanders via run rule, 12-2 in seven innings in Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.
Tate Shaw hit a grand slam and finished with five runs batted in while Michael Cantu hit a home run as Texas won its fourth straight game. Shaw finished the game with one hit, two walks and three runs scored. Cantu was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and three RBIs in the return to his hometown.
Nick Kennedy (4-0) earned the win for Texas (18-10), pitching his first career complete game while allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out a career-high 11.
Bret Boswell had two RBIs and Kody Clemens was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Things didn’t start too well for the Longhorns as Cullen Jozwiak led off the bottom half of the first inning with a solo home run to put the Islanders ahead first. The Islanders added another run later in the inning to take a 2-0 lead before Texas responded.
After Austin Todd reached base on a fielder’s choice and two Longhorns were hit by Islanders (9-16) starter Nolan Holland, Shaw cleared the bases with his second home run of the season. The Longhorns didn’t look back after that.
Holland (0-2) took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on two hits through 3 2/3 innings. He walked four, struck out four and hit four batters.
Texas took full control of the game in the fourth inning when they scored five runs with two outs.
Travis Jones scored on a wild pitch before Boswell hit a two-run single to put the Longhorns up 7-2. Cantu doubled to score Boswell and Clemens’ RBI single later in the inning made it 9-2 after four.
Cantu made it 11-2 with a homer in the top of the sixth with Shaw on base. Shaw grounded out in the seventh which allowed David Hamilton to score the final run for Texas.
The Islanders managed two hits in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t cut the 10-run lead.
Texas next travels to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Jayhawks in a three-game Big 12 series. First pitch on Friday is at 6 p.m.
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