The Texas Longhorns baseball team said Aloha and then Adios to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this weekend. The Longhorns (13-4) took three of four games from the visiting islanders.
Friday’s game was a pitchers’ duel as Parker French and Hawaii’s Matt Cooper shut down the bats until the eighth inning. Jacob Felts’ single scored Mark Payton with the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory.
Hawaii earned a measure of revenge in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Scott Squier silenced the Longhorns, giving up a run on two hits in a complete game 6-1 victory. Dillon Peters (1-1) had his worst outing of the season, surrendering six runs in five innings of work.
Game two was suspended due to weather in the eighth inning. The game resumed Sunday morning and ended with Texas winning 3-2. Kacy Clemens drove in Ben Johnson with the winning run in the eighth. Morgan Cooper (2-0) pitched the ninth to get the win. Nathan Thornhill returned to the rotation and pitched 6.1 solid innings.
The fourth and final game of the series was a 4-1 Texas victory. Lukas Schiraldi (2-1) pitched five innings to get the win. John Curtiss worked a perfect ninth to earn his second save. CJ Hinojosa was the hitting star, driving two runs. With Texas leading 2-1 in the sixth, Hinojosa lined a single to right field to score Colin Shaw and Payton to provide the Longhorns with some insurance runs.
Payton reached base in all four games to extend his reached-base streak to 56 games. Texas improved to 7-1 in one-run games this year.
Several Longhorn hitters had a good series with the bat. Hinojosa 5-13, 3 RBI; Felts 5-16, 2 RBI; Shaw 4-9, Clemens 4-11 and Payton 4-12, 3 runs and 3 RBI led the offense. Texas pitching dominated the series again posting a team ERA of 2.12 after allowing just eight earned runs in the four game series.
Texas travels to San Marcos to play Texas State on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.