Talk about a fast start.
Texas scored four runs in the first inning, on its way to a 5-2 win over UCLA. In the bottom of the first, three straight doubles led to three straight runs. Kacy Clemens doubled to right center, scoring Travis Jones. Then Austin Todd doubled, scoring Clemens, and, finally, Ryan Reynolds doubled, plating Todd. The Longhorns also scored another run in the third, off a Reynolds home run to left — his second of the season.
Those five runs were all the Longhorns needed thanks to a dominant performance by starting pitcher Morgan Cooper. In five innings, Cooper allowed one run but registered a career-high 10 strikeouts. His previous career-high was eight, which he had done four times. He had two in the first, struck out the side in the second, and had a no-hitter through three and two-thirds.
His only slip up, if you want to call it that, was in the third, when he walked three straight batters and threw seven straight balls. But UCLA only scored one run.
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