The 2014 Texas baseball season got off to an auspicious start Friday night. The Longhorns committed five errors in a 7-0 loss to the Cal Bears. This is not what Augie Garrido had in mind following an offseason spent refocusing the program.
The 5th inning was especially brutal for Texas. Cal scored five runs on one hit, a hit batter and three errors. A throwing error by Parker French led to an unearned run. French hit a batter before an error by first baseman Kacy Clemens allowed two more runs to score. A French wild pitch scored the fourth run of the inning. Third baseman Andy McGuire’s error preceded a failed pickoff attempt, allowing the fifth Bears run.
Mark Payton led Texas with three hits. CJ Hinojosa chipped in with two. French gave up four hits and six runs (one earned) in five innings of work. Texas’ heralded recruiting class of Tres Barrera, McGuire, Clemens and Zane Gurwitz went 1-14 at the plate and had three of the Longhorns’ five errors.
Texas and Cal are back at it today for a doubleheader. Dillon Peters taking the mound for the Longhorns in game one while Lukas Schiraldi makes his Texas debut in the second game.