Mark Payton is back at it.
The senior outfielder had another multi-hit game as Texas defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-0 in eight innings.
Payton was one of four Longhorns with two hits, but it was his defensive play in the first inning that had Texas fans cheering. A&M-CC had runners on the corners with one out when Payton made a catch in centerfield and threw home to get the runner tagging from third for a double play.
Texas (3-2) started freshmen Blake Goins on the mound. Goins pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and a walk. Freshman Josh Sawyer relieved Goins and earned his first collegiate win with 2.2 innings of relief work. In all, five Longhorn pitchers combined to limit the Islanders (2-3) to seven hits.
Payton got the scoring starting in the first inning with a triple. He came around to score on a single by CJ Hinojosa. Texas added two more runs in the third when Islanders shortstop Zach Gibson dropped a Hinojosa pop up, allowing Brooks Marlow and Ben Johnson to score.
Texas put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, three of those runs thanks to two critical errors by A&M-CC. Hinojosa scored on an error by first baseman Frankie Salas when Salas couldn’t come up cleanly with a throw at first. Then with runners on first and second, Gibson dropped another pop up, allowing both baserunners to score. Texas added two more runs in the eighth inning on a Marlow single and Hinojosa sacrifice fly before the game was called because of the 10-run rule.
Texas will host the Stanford Cardinal for a three game series this weekend at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. First pitch is at 6:00 PM on Friday.
Tuesday’s Studs and Duds
Payton’s two-hit night gives him 11 hits this season. Hinojosa had three RBIs. Sawyer wrung up four Islanders on his way to his first win.
It’s a stretch, but Augie Garrido for pulling Goins in the third inning. Let the kid pitch.