How Texas baseball salvaged weekend with 4-3 win over UW

It was an unfortunate weekend for Texas baseball, with the Horns dropping the series' first two games to Washington. However, timely hitting and solid pitching performance from Max Grubbs led Texas to a 4-3 victory over the Huskies on Sunday.

Texas Longhorns pitcher Max Grubbs (38) throws a pitch during the game against Cal Poly at UFCU
Texas Longhorns pitcher Max Grubbs (38) throws a pitch during the game against Cal Poly at UFCU / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /
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It was an unfortunate weekend for Texas baseball (11-8, 2-1 Big 12), with the Horns dropping the series' first two games to Washington (6-8-1). However, timely hitting and a solid pitching performance from Max Grubbs led Texas to a 4-3 victory over the Huskies in a rainy Sunday matinee.

Max Grubbs and Texas baseball defeat Washington 4-3

The Longhorns' Achilles heel in 2024 has been their lack of a bonafide starter behind Lebarron Johnson Jr. On Sunday, Grubbs made a statement with his performance. The sophomore pitched six strong innings, giving up just five hits and one run. The Sunday outing dropped his season ERA to 2.61, the lowest among Texas pitchers who have thrown more than 13 innings this season.

From the plate, the Longhorns once again struggled to find hits. Texas finished with just four total hits but was able to manufacture runs via seven walks and timely baserunning.

Texas tacked on another run in the second via a Jalin Flores sac-fly and a bases loaded walk in the third to extend the lead to 4-0. After that, however, the bats went silent.

Washington got a run back in the top of the fourth but that was it on Grubbs' line.

Freshman Cole Selvig relieved Grubbs in the seventh inning during a 4-1 game. The freshman had a relatively straight-forward seventh inning, but in the eighth, a leadoff walk followed by an AJ Guerrero two-run homer brought the Huskies within one.

Andre Duplantier relieved Selvig in the eighth and was able to close out the game in large part thanks to Peyton Powell throwing out a runner trying to steal second. The game ended after eight innings due to travel restraints.

Players of the Game:

  • Max Grubbs: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 K
  • Jack O’Dowd: 2-3, 1 R, 2B
  • Jared Thomas: 1-1, 1 R. 1 RBI, 2 BB

The No. 23-ranked Longhorns (11-8), who will likely drop out of the polls on Monday, welcome the Air Force Falcons (9-9) to the Disch for a two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 6:30 p.m. and will air on Longhorn Network.

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