Texas infielder Kody Clemens flips the baseball to second base as New Orleans' Samuel Capielano attempts to reach safely on April 22, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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The Final Pitch: Texas 8, New Orleans 6

Posted April 20th, 2018

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Led by Kody Clemens and Zach Zubia’s big swings and Josh Sawyer’s big pitches, Texas rallied to an 8-6 win over New Orleans on Friday night.

New Orleans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, and the Privateers added a run in the fifth frame. Clemens hit a two-run home run during a game-tying fifth inning. Both teams then scored twice over the next two innings.

Zubia led off the eighth inning’s bottom half with a solo shot to left field, which gave UT the lead for good. The ninth homer of Zubia’s freshman year — and the subsequent run it scored in the inning — were an encore for Sawyer, the reliever who inherited a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning but got a strikeout and a double play.

Texas (27-14) and New Orleans (17-23) will resume their three-game series at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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