The Texas Longhorns baseball left the friendly confines of UFCU Disch-Falk field and flexed its muscle.
Ben Johnson hit his first home run of the season and drove in three runs while Brooks Marlow and Tres Barrera each hit triples to lead Texas (14-4) past Texas State 6-3 in San Marcos.
The Longhorns struck early when Johnson hit the second pitch of the game over the left field fence. Tuesday’s game was the first for Johnson as lead off hitter.
Texas added two more runs in the second inning thanks to a hit batter and error with two outs. After Texas State pitcher Dylan Bein (0-2) retired the first two batters before he hit Collin Shaw with a pitch. Johnson singled up the middle, scoring Shaw when center fielder Matt Sanchez misplayed the ball. Marlow tripled off the right-center field wall to score Johnson.
The Bobcats (10-6) tied the game in the third. Texas State loaded the bases against Texas starter Blake Goins. Ty Culbreth relieved Goins, but allowed the runners to score on a walk, error by Andy McGuire and single before getting out of the inning.
Barrera broke the tie the next inning when he tripled off the center field wall. Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Barrera.
Texas added some insurance in the ninth when Barrera led off the inning with his third hit of the game. After a Madison Carter sacrifice, Shaw singled up the middle to score pinch runner Weston Hall. Shaw stole third before scoring on another Johnson sacrifice fly.
Culbreth (1-0) got the win. John Curtiss pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Texas opens Big 12 play this weekend against Kansas.
Tuesday’s Studs and Duds
Johnson shines in his debut as lead off hitter. He scored two runs in addition to his 3 RBIs.
Barrera has hit first three-hit game as a collegiate.
Mark Payton walked to extend his reached-base streak to 57 games.
Shaw finished 2-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Andy McGuire had an error that kept Texas State’s three-run third inning going. He was also 0-3 with two strikeouts.
Goins cannot seem to get himself beyond the third inning this season. He was charged with three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work.