Morgan Cooper (41), left, talks with Michael Cantu (7) between pitches in the first inning of the first game in a series against the Rice University Owls at the University of Texas' UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas on Friday February 17, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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The Final Pitch: Texas 4, UConn 1

Posted February 24th, 2017

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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.

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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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