The Texas Longhorns baseball squad needed a shutdown performance from its pitching staff Friday night. Parker French was more than up to the task.
French (5-3) worked six innings of one-hit ball and Zane Gurwitz went 3-4 to lift Texas (32-11, 10-6 Big 12) past Oklahoma State (29-13, 11-5 Big 12) 3-0.
“He pitched his game. That was his game for five innings,” said coach Augie Garrido. “It was a big step forward for him and the team.”
Texas scratched together enough walks and hits to support French and Chad Hollingsworth. The Longhorns finished with seven hits and seven walks, but could never put together a big inning.
Jacob Felts’ fourth inning RBI groundout got Texas on the board. With the bases loaded Felts just beat the relay throw to first to avoid hitting into a double play for the second time in the game. Felts had grounded into an inning-ending double play in the second.
French and Hollingsworth made the one-run lead stand up before Texas added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Hollingsworth pitched three innings to pick up his first save.
In the eighth, CJ Hinojosa singled and advanced to second on a Colin Shaw sacrifice. Gurwtiz lined a single into left field to score Hinojosa. Gurwitz came around to score on an opposite field single by Felts.
John Perrin (5-3) battled control problems all day, but managed to keep the Longhorns off the board until the fourth inning. Perrin gave up just four hits, but walked six batters.
Dillon Peters takes the mound Saturday for Texas. Tyler Buffet is expected to pitch for Oklahoma State.