In a game that started much later than planned, Texas threw #4 starter Lukas Schiraldi against the fourth-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders last night after Oklahoma State had embarrassed the OU Sooners in Oklahoma City. The Longhorns opened the scoring with all the runs they would need in the top of the second, putting up a five spot on Tech starter Corey Taylor. The most impressive thing about the innings was it was entirely a two-out rally, and got started by the bottom of the Texas order.
Madison Carter started it off with a sharp single, but CJ Hinojosa immediately erased him by hitting into a double play. With two out and nobody on, Collin Shaw stroked a single up the middle and proceeded to steal second. Kacy Clemens brought him home with yet another single, giving the 'Horns a 1-0 lead. Fellow freshman Zane Gurwitz--you guessed it--singled, putting runners on the corners. Brooks Marlow drew a walk to bring up hot-hitting Ben Johnson, who kept the single train going with a two-RBI ground ball through the right side.
Tech realized their main problem was that their pitcher did not have the name of a Russian-American supervillain who used to be a good guy but then the world's basic unfairness caused him to lose something precious to him and made him a cynic bent on making everyone else as miserable as he is. So they brought in Jonny Drozd. The first batter he faced was Mark Payton, who extended his on-base streak to 92 games with a double to deep left field, scoring another pair of runs. Payton was thrown out trying to stretch to third base, but the damage was done.
Texas would add two more in the fourth and another in the sixth for their final tally of eight runs on 13 hits. Schiraldi, meanwhile, got himself into several jams (largely by walking batters) but fought out of every one of them, as Tech stranded 10 runners on the night. Schiraldi gave way to Chad Hollingsworth after 5.1 innings, and Hollingsworth brought it home from there.
So tonight, theoretically at 7:30, Texas gets a chance to partially redeem itself from the disastrous 1-5 performance in back-to-back home series against TCU and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are in fine form, having destroyed OU last night, but Texas has all three weekend starters available and the entire bullpen aside from Hollingsworth. A win tonight may well get the Longhorns back into the hosting conversation, as their RPI currently sits at #10 nationally. A win over Oklahoma State and their #22 RPI would be helpful in pushing that number even higher, and incidentally would place Texas in the Big 12 semifinals.
This is your open thread. Hook 'em!