It took 10 innings to decide the first game of the season for the Longhorns baseball team, but it came away with a 3-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on the road Friday night.
A two-out double by Austin Todd in the top of the 10th plated Duke Ellis and Bryce Reagan to lift the Longhorns to victory. After Reagan singled with one out, Ellis walked to set the table for Todd later in the inning.
Bryce Elder turned in a strong start for Texas, giving up just one run on four hits in eight innings. He struck out nine batters and didn’t allow a walk.
Todd went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Ryan Reynolds had the other multi-hit game for Texas, going 2 for 4. Ellis, DJ Petrinsky and Reagan each scored a run for UT.
The Longhorns took a slight edge over the Ragin’ Cajuns in the seventh inning when Michael McCann doubled to score Petrinsky.
Despite the strong start, Elder couldn’t complete the shutout after giving up a hit to begin the ninth inning. Kamron Fields took the mound and proceeded to give up a hit and hit a batter. Louisiana-Lafayette tied the game on a fielder’s choice later in the inning, handing Elder a no-decision.
Mason Bryant ended up earning the save, striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th while allowing one hit and throwing a wild pitch. Brandon Ivey picked up a one-out win, getting Hunter Kasuls to line out in the bottom of the ninth.
Kasuls and Brennan Breaux each went 2 for 4 for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The teams square off again Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
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