Horns connect swings, continue shutout over Cal Poly

Texas outfielder Will Gasparin (8) bats as the Longhorns play Houston Christian at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas outfielder Will Gasparin (8) bats as the Longhorns play Houston Christian at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. / Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA

In the second game of a three-game series against the Cal Poly Mustangs, Texas rediscovered how to connect their bats with the ball.

After eking out a 2-0 win on Friday night, the Horns stormed into the midday matchup on Saturday.

Both teams saw just one hit each through three innings, Texas was only able to build up a one-run lead over Cal Poly. However, the fourth inning saw the unfolding of the Mustangs as Max Belyeu unleashed a two-run homer.

The Longhorns were up 3-0 which continued through the next few innings. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Texas connected to go yard again as center fielder Jared Thomas smashed a ball over the fence for two RBIs.

Up 5-0, Texas seemed to have found its rhythm and Cal Poly continued struggling to bring base runners home. While the Horns only stranded four runners throughout the game, the Mustangs left 12 runners on base.

The final blow came when Cal Poly’s closer Reece Bueno let go of a wild pitch that allowed Jalin Flores to run home.

Texas once again shut out the Mustangs winning 6-0 to go up two games in the series. 

The bullpen for Texas saw three pitchers enter the game. Charlie Hurley was credited with the win after pitching 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 0 runs.

Grant Fontenot and David Shaw combined to close out the final 3 innings. Zero runs were allowed through all 9 innings and the Mustangs had just 5 hits.

The two teams will face off once again on Sunday as the Mustangs look for at least an ounce of revenge.

How to watch Texas baseball vs. Cal Poly

Having secured the series victory, Texas will look to carry its record to 6-1 overall. RHP Cody Howard, who is 1-0 this season, is scheduled as the opening pitcher for Sunday’s matchup.

Ryan Baum, fellow RHP, is scheduled to be on the mound first for Cal Poly.

Texas’ only loss this season came to San Diego amid a three-game series. The Horns have wins over San Diego, Houston Christian, and Cal Poly so far.

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