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Texas Baseball Takes Three of Four From Northwestern

Texas Baseball Takes Three of Four From Northwestern

AUSTIN, Texas – After dropping the series opener against Northwestern on Friday night, the No. 23 University of Texas baseball team responded with three straight wins to take the series over Northwestern this weekend at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas (8-4) fell in game one of the series 6-2, followed it up by sweeping the Saturday doubleheader 10-7 and 16-3 and took home the win on Sunday 12-1 in seven innings.

Game one was a night of missed opportunities for the Longhorns as they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base in the loss.

Chase Shugart (0-1) started the game and was saddled with the loss after going 6.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and striking out six. The lone bright spot at the plate for Texas was Zach Zubia, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Longhorns bounced back in a big way Saturday, dominating both games in a doubleheader sweep.

In game one on Saturday, Texas jumped ahead early in the first on a two-run home run by Kody Clemens.

Northwestern put a three-spot on the board in the top half of the third, but the Horns answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Ryan Reynolds lifted his first homer of the season into the Wildcat bullpen.

The game was blown open by a four-run sixth inning for Texas, highlighted by RBI singles from Michael McCann and Masen Hibbeler.

The Wildcats responded with two runs in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-5, but Duke Ellis extended the lead with the first home run of his collegiate career to give the Horns a 9-5 lead.

Beau Ridgeway came on in the top half of the ninth and got the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.

In the nightcap, the Horns scored early and often, putting up a single run in the first, three runs in the second and a whopping seven runs in the third, capped off by the second homer of the day from Clemens.

Texas tacked on two in the fifth and three in the eighth to seal the huge 16-3 win. Clemens, Hibbeler, Reynolds, and Andy McGuire all had extra-base hits in the victory.

Blair Henley (2-0) got the win on the mound after not allowing a run in his second straight start. Henley, a sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, went 6.0 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four while lowering his ERA to a minuscule 0.53.

Game four of the series looked much like game three, with Texas jumping ahead early and pouring it on late. The Longhorns scored two in the first on RBI singles from Reynolds and Zubia and three in the second thanks to another RBI single from Zubia, an RBI single by Hibbeler and an RBI triple off the bat of Clemens.

Clemens, a junior from Houston, continued his hot start this season by finishing the weekend going 5-for-13 with two homers, a triple, four walks and eight RBIs while pushing his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.

After Northwestern scored their only run of the game in the third to cut the lead to 5-1, Texas answered with a run of their own on an RBI triple from David Hamilton, one of three on the game for Texas.

The Horns put up three more runs in the fifth, one in the sixth on a solo homer by Reynolds, and two in the seventh before the game was mutually agreed upon to be finished by both coaches after seven.

Next up, Texas will take on No. 8 Stanford in another four-game home set starting on Thursday night at 6:30. The Cardinal comes to UFCU Disch-Falk Field with an 11-1 record with series sweeps of Cal State Fullerton and Rice already this season.

adam wagner

March 5th, 2018

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