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No. 19 Texas Baseball Drops Two of Three Against No. 23 LSU

No. 19 Texas Baseball Drops Two of Three Against No. 23 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – In a battle of two top-25 teams, the 19th-ranked Texas baseball team lost two out of three games against 23rd-ranked LSU over the weekend at Alex Box Stadium.

The Longhorns (4-3) fell in games one and two 13-4 and 10-5 before salvaging the third game of the series 11-1.

In game one, junior righthander Nolan Kingham got the start on the mound and gave up five runs, only one of which was earned, in the first inning. Kingham, out of Las Vegas, was able to get a seemingly routine double play ground ball after giving up just one run, but second baseman Masen Hibbler was unable to hold onto the throw and kept the inning alive.

The Horns were able to get two back in the top half of the second after an RBI triple from Tate Shaw and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Reynolds. Shaw, a junior out of Austin, Texas, had a phenomenal weekend at the plate going 8-for-13 with a triple, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.

LSU answered with three runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth to take a 13-2 lead. Texas scored two in the eighth, but were unable to score any more, falling 14-3.

Texas started off game two hot, scoring the first five runs of the game. Zach Zubia hit a two-run homer in the second followed by a Kody Clemens solo shot to give the Longhorns a 3-0 lead. Texas added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Austin Todd and one in the fifth when Zubia lifted his second homer of the game over the left field fence.

Zubia, a freshman transfer from Tulane, finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

The Tigers responded with five runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to tie the game. They then scored two runs in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead and added three in the eighth to seal the 10-5 win.

In game three, Texas came out swinging and got a stellar start from Blair Henley to grab a dominant 11-1 victory.

The scoring got started in the third when David Hamilton hit an RBI double to right to score Shaw. The Horns then loaded the bases with two outs for Zubia, who delivered a bases clearing double to left center to give Texas a 4-0 lead.

The Horns added one run in the fourth and two in the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Reynolds. Texas continued to pour it on with four runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI double from Masen Hibbeler, and RBI singles by Hamitlon and Clemens.

Henley, a sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, got the win on the mound after going 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, no runs and struck out three.

Next up, the Horns will play a Tuesday night game against UTSA before taking on Northwestern in a four-game set over the weekend.

Written By: Doug Waters

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February 26th, 2018

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