Jacob Felts is quickly becoming Mr. Clutch.
Felts opposite-field single in the eighth inning drove in the winning run and the Texas Longhorns baseball team continue its late-inning dramatics by defeating Hawaii 3-2. It is Texas’ sixth win in a row.
The eighth inning rally started with a Mark Payton single. CJ Hinojosa sacrificed Payton to second. Kacy Clemens walked, bringing up Felts who lined a 1-1 pitch into right field to score Payton. It is Felts’ second game-winning hit this season.
John Curtiss worked around a walk in the ninth to get his first career save.
Texas (11-3) fell behind before it even had a chance to bat. An error by Clemens, a walk and back-to-back singles by Juliene Jones and Jordan Richartz staked Hawaii (6-7) to an early 2-0 lead.
Matt Cooper (2-1) kept Texas off the scoreboard until the fourth. Felts led off the inning with a triple into the left-center gap. He scored when Andy McGuire doubled down the leftfield line. McGuire came around to tie the game when Colin Shaw singled back up the middle with two outs.
Parker French had another solid outing. French surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits in 7.1 innings. Travis Duke (1-0) worked two-thirds of an inning to get the win.
Payton’s single in the third inning extended his reached-streak to 53 games.
Friday’s Studs and Duds
Felts comes through with his second game-winning hit. He also shows off his wheels with a triple.
McGuire and Shaw fourth inning hits swung momentum back towards Texas.
French survived a rocky first inning to shut down the Rainbow Warriors.
Jeremy Montalbano continues to scuffle at the plate.