Dillon Peters struck out nine over six plus innings of work, C.J. Hinojosa collected two RBIs and the Horns held off Baylor Saturday night to collect their 25th win of the season.
Texas never trailed in the game, taking the lead in the bottom of the first when Friday night’s hero, Mark Payton, singled in Brooks Marlow. Baylor immediately answered in the top of the second on a throwing error by left fielder Ben Johnson.
Texas reclaimed the lead for good in the fourth when Kacy Clemens doubled in Hinojosa to make it 2-1 Texas. The Longhorns then added some insurance in the sixth. Hinojosa collected his first RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Tres Barrera. Zane Gurwitz then singled in Madison Carter, who was 3 for 3 on the night, to push the lead to 4-1.
The Bears refused to go away, scoring two more in the top of the 7th, knocking starter Peters out of the game. Morgan Cooper snuffed out the rally with the Longhorns clinging to a 4-3 lead. Texas put it away in the bottom of the inning though. Collin Shaw singled in Johnson. Then Hinojosa hit his second sac fly of the night, again scoring Barrera to make it 6-3. Cooper went the rest of the way to pick up his third save of the season.
The Longhorns are now 25-7 overall and 5-3 in Big XII play while Baylor drops to 15-15 and 4-6. Texas will send ace Nathan Thornhill to the mound tomorrow afternoon as the Longhorns look to sweep Baylor for the first time since 2010.