The Texas Longhorns baseball team sure does like to make things interesting in the late innings.
The Longhorns escaped another ninth inning jam to beat the Houston Cougars 3-2 at the Houston College Classic Saturday. Texas (8-3) beat Rice 2-0 Friday night after escaping a bases-loaded jam. Saturday was much the same.
John Curtiss came into the ninth nursing a 3-1 lead. After getting an out, Jordan Stading singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by CJ Hinojosa. Michael Pyeatt then singled. Third baseman Andy McGuire made the second Longhorns error of the inning and Houston had runners on first and third. Jacob Lueneberg hit into a fielder’s choice to score pinch runner Cole Coakley, cutting the Texas lead to 3-2. Curtiss then walked Ashford Fulmer to put the tying run in scoring position. Nathan Thornhill relieved Curtiss and got Josh Vidales to line out to Hinojosa to end the game.
Lost in all the late-game drama was the pitching performance of Parker French (2-1). French pitched seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits. The junior struck out seven Cougars. Thornhill picked up his second save in as many days.
The Texas offense was once again dormant. The Longhorns managed only four hits in the game – all by the top of the order. CJ Hinojosa broke out of his slump with two hits.
The Longhorns were opportunistic, however, by scoring two runs off of four Houston errors. Andy McGuire scored in the second on a Ben Johnson RBI groundout following two Cougars errors. In the third, Kacy Clemens scored after Vidales misplayed a McGuire grounder.
Jake Lemoine (1-1) gave up three hits in seven innings, striking out six for Houston (8-1).
One day after seeing his 18-game hitting streak end, Mark Payton started another one. Payton doubled in the third to score Brooks Marlow.
Texas wraps up the tournament today versus Sam Houston State. Lukas Schiraldi (1-1, 6.00) takes the mound for the Longhorns.
Saturday’s Studs and Duds
Hinojosa collected two hits to break an 0-12 slump.
Payton reached base for the 50th straight game.
French came up big with his second straight solid outing.
Hitters 4-9. They combined to go 0-18.