Led by pitcher Morgan Cooper and first baseman Kacy Clemens, Texas opened its three-game series against UConn with a 4-1 win on Friday.
After earning a no-decision in last week’s season opener against Rice, Cooper picked up his first win in 2017. The Jarrell-bred right-hander allowed four hits and a run over seven innings at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Cooper, who is a junior, tied a career-high effort with his eight strikeouts.
Texas pushed three runs across the plate during the fourth inning against Tim Cate, UConn’s left-handed ace who was pulled in the inning with an undisclosed injury. Before Cate exited, though, Clemens delivered a two-run homer into the Texas bullpen.
Two innings later, Clemens hit another home run over the fence in right field. Clemens became the first Longhorn since C.J. Hinojosa in 2015 to hit multiple homers in a game. Clemens now owns three of Texas’ seven home runs this season.
On Saturday afternoon, Texas (4-2) will start junior Kyle Johnston against UConn (3-2) and William Montgomerie.
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