The Texas Longhorns baseball team took care of business against an over-matched Columbia squad. The Longhorns swept the series, winning 7-3 on Friday, and 6-1 and 11-0 on Saturday. The team also helped coach Augie Garrido reach a milestone.
Dillon Peters (3-1) scattered seven hits over six innings to get the win. Peters was not sharp as he walked four batters. He did not need to have his best stuff Friday because the offense scored plenty of runs for him.
Collin Shaw went 3-4 and drove in three runs. Jeremey Montalbano broke out of his slump with a 3-4 day with two runs scored. Texas (19-6) had 13 hits on the day.
Saturday’s doubleheader was more of the same – solid Texas pitching and offensive support.
Parker French (3-2) worked 7.1 innings of six-hit ball in the 6-1 win in game one. The junior struck out six.
Brooks Marlow was the hitting star in game one. His RBI single in the second scored Kacy Clemens and Tres Barrera. Marlow had two hits on the day. CJ Hinojosa also drove in two runs while not hitting a ball out of the infield. Texas took advantage of an error by the Columbia pitcher to score two runs in the seventh.
Game two saw the Longhorns’ bats come alive. Texas had 13 hits in the 11-0 victory. Barrera had his first four-hit game of his career. Every Longhorn scored a run except for Mark Payton. Payton, Barrera, Ben Johnson and Zane Gurwitz each had two RBIs.
Nathan Thornhill (4-0) held Columbia (5-12) to four hits in eight innings. Thornhill struck out four.
With Saturday’s game two win, Garrido tied Gordon Gillespie for the most wins (1,893) by any college baseball coach at any level.
Payton reached base in all three games to extend his reached-base streak to 64 games.
Texas will face Texas State on Tuesday at UFCU Disch-Falk.