Time will tell how important this weekend’s series win over Texas Tech will be for the Texas Longhorns, but from a pure morale perspective, it was huge. The Longhorns finally broke that 12 series Big XII losing streak Sunday afternoon, but they had to work for it.
The Horns scored early, jumping on top in the first inning on an RBI single from the red hot Tres Barrera. Ben Johnson then led off the third with a solo homer. It was the third Texas home run in as many games.
It looked like that would be enough for the Longhorn pitching staff. Nathan Thornhill and Morgan Cooper milked the lead until the eighth inning. Then Augie Garrido called for closer John Curtiss to finish it out. Curtiss failed to hold then lead, as Tech scored two in the ninth to tie the game. Curtiss ended the ninth with a strikeout, stranding the winning run on third.
After an uneventful 10th, Tech seriously threatened in the eleventh. The Red Raiders got their first two hitters on base, but Curtiss pitched out of trouble.
Madison Carter then put Texas ahead for good in the twelfth with a two run single. Carter would score to put Texas up 5-2. Curtiss then shut down the Raiders in the bottom of the inning to finish it off.
The win runs the Longhorns record to 22-7 overall and 3-3 in the Big XII. More importantly, they beat a good team on the road in a tough situation. The streak is now history and the team can just focus on winning. If Texas goes on to big things this season, this series, and more to the point, this game, may turn out to be the turning point. At the very least, the win should ease some of the grumbling around the 40 Acres.
Next up is a mid-week trip to Houston to take on Rice before Baylor comes to Austin for a three game set next weekend.
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