Lukas Schiraldi pitched another gem, Tres Barrera continued his hot streak and the Horns won again, downing Rice 5-2 Tuesday night in Houston.
Texas started fast, scoring in the first inning when Brooks Marlow scored when Barrera grounded into a double play. In the third, Barrera hit a sacrifice fly to score Marlow again.
Rice trimmed the lead to one in the fifth but the Longhorns blew it open in the sixth, keyed by a lead off double from C.J. Hinojosa, who later scored on a Zane Gurwitz sac fly. Mark Payton drew a bases loaded walk to force in another run and Tres Barrera followed with an RBI single to plate Brooks Marlow for a third time on the night.
Rice managed to score a run in the seventh, but relievers Travis Duke and Morgan Cooper held them in check the rest of the way. Schiraldi worked 6.2 innings to collect his fifth win of the season while Cooper got the last two outs to earn his second save of the season.
With the win, the Horns improved their record to 23-7 while Rice dropped to 21-10. The Owls and Horns meet one last time this season, next Tuesday in Austin. Next up for the Horns are the Baylor Bears, who are 14-13 overall and 4-4 in conference play.