The Texas Longhorns baseball team needed someone to take its frustrations out on following the weekend collapse against Oklahoma State.
Enter Prairie View A&M.
Texas (33-13, 10-8 Big 12) took advantage of Panthers pitcher Pedro Maldonado’s wildness to score five runs on just one hit and hang on to win 6-3.
Maldonado issued six walks in just two innings of work.
Ben Johnson got things started with a double to left center. He stole third before coming home with the Longhorns’ first run on a Tres Barrera RBI groundout.
Texas added another run in the second when Colin Shaw and Zane Gurwitz drew back-to-back walks. Both runners advanced on a Kacy Clemens’ sacrifice. Shaw scored on a sacrifice bunt by Madison Carter to push the lead to 2-0.
The Longhorns broke the game open in the third. Johnson, Mark Payton and Barrera walked to load the bases. CJ Hinojosa doubled to score Johnson and Payton. Barrera came around to score on a Clemens RBI groundout and Texas led 5-0.
Lost in the walk fest was the pitching performance by Lukas Schiraldi. Schiraldi (6-2) worked six solid innings and struck out a career-high eight batters. He ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. John Curtis worked the ninth to secure his seventh save. The Panthers brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth before Curtiss shut the door.
Brooks Marlow added an RBI single to give Texas a 6-3 lead.
Johnson stole three bases. He is the first Longhorn to do so since 2011.
Texas hits the road for a Big 12 match up with West Virginia this weekend.