After opening the 2017 baseball season with a loss, Texas got into the win column with a 5-4 triumph over Rice on Saturday afternoon. The victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field was David Pierce’s first as the head coach of Texas’ baseball program.
As the opener of a double-header on Saturday, Texas’ win was called after seven innings.
Texas fell into a 1-0 hole in the second inning, but the Longhorns went onto score the game’s next five runs. Freshman David Hamilton was the only Longhorn to plate a run with a hit as the Longhorns got creative with the box score. Travis Jones and Kody Clemens were hit by pitches with the bases loaded, and Austin Todd forced home a run with a walk. Clemens also drove in a run on a third-inning groundout.
Those unorthodox scores provided just enough run support for Texas. The Longhorns took a 5-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but Rice catcher Robbie Lammons’ solo home run was an appetizer for Darryn Sheppard’s two-run single. On the game’s final play, however, Jones fielded a single into left field and threw out Dayne Wunderlich as he tried to score from second base.
Texas (1-1) and Rice (1-1) will meet again this evening in the second half of their double-header. Freshmen pitchers Blair Henley and Matt Canterino will start for the Longhorns and Owls in the nine-inning contest.
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