The Texas Longhorns baseball team used timely hitting and outstanding pitching to beat the Baylor Bears 4-0 and complete the three game sweep. The Longhorns have won 11 of the last 12 games.
Texas (26-7, 6-3 Big 12) struck for a run in the fifth inning. Kacy Clemens singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Zane Gurwitz. Brooks Marlow singled up the middle to score Clemens.
The Longhorns added insurance in the seventh. Texas loaded the bases after singles by Gurwitz and Ben Johnson, and a walk to Mark Payton. Tres Barrera doubled to right-center to score Gurwitz and Johnson. Colin Shaw followed with a walk to reload the bases. CJ Hinojosa beat out a potential inning-ending double play to score Payton to give Texas a 4-0 lead.
Nathan Thornhill (5-0) pitched eight innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out three. Thornhill lowered his ERA to 0.73, the best in the Big 12.
Dillon Newman (3-2) took the loss for Baylor (15-16, 4-7 Big 12).
Barrera finished the series with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Payton has now reached base in 72 consecutive games. This is the longest streak in Division 1 baseball.
Texas will play Rice on Tuesday at UFCU Disch-Falk.