Texas baseball drops second straight to UW 5-3

Texas baseball dropped another game at home behind a struggling offense against Washington on Saturday afternoon.

Cody Howard, Texas baseball
Cody Howard, Texas baseball / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

Head coach David Pierce and No. 23 Texas baseball dropped the second straight contest and lost the series following a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Washington Huskies on March 16.

Cody Howard and Texas baseball defeated by Washington 5-3

Texas got behind the eight ball pretty quickly in this game, with starting pitcher Cody Howard allowing five earned runs, three hits, and two walks over two innings of work on the mound. Howard picked up his second loss of the season, moving his record to 2-2 on the campaign.

Washington's bats got to Howard for a few hits and three runs as they set the tone in the top of the first inning. The Huskies then plated the eventual game-winning run with two runs scored in the top of the second inning.

Washington chased Howard from the game after that two-run spurt in the top of the third inning. Junior left-hander Ace Whitehead pitched well over seven innings in relief of Howard in the third against Washington.

Whitehead didn't allow a single earned run and only gave up one hit, while striking out for Husky batters in his seven innings out of the bullpen in this game.

Texas did try to make a middle-inning rally to chip into the five-run Washington lead. Will Gasparino got the Longhorns on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo shot to center field. Jalin Flores and Porter Brown combined to drive in two runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

But a Brown single to center that scored Flores was the last run the Longhorns would get. Washington shut out the Texas bats in the last three innings to seal the 5-3 win.

Texas has now dropped two straight to start this three-game out-of-conference series at the Disch against the Huskies. The March 16 loss to Washington moves Texas to 10-8 (2-1 Big 12) on the season. Washington moves to 6-7-1 (1-2 Pac-12) with its second straight win over the Longhorns.

The Longhorns will be looking to get back on the right side of the win column in the series finale between these two teams at the Disch on March 17, with the first pitch time set for 1 p.m. CT.

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