If you're looking for a model of how the Longhorns are going to win a lot of games this season then look no further than the first two games against Stanford. Dominant starting pitching in game one, pretty good starting pitching and dominant relief work in game two, with enough runs scored on just enough hits to get the job done. Today Brandon Workman was solid if unspectacular, giving up two runs on six hits over five innings, and Chance Ruffin showed the reason he has been moved to closer. Ruffin entered the game with the Horns leading 4-3 but slammed the door on any hopes of a Stanford rally with 3.2 innings pitched and four strikeout while giving up just one hit. It was interesting to see Augie put Ruffin in the game in the sixth inning, showing both Augie's confidence in Ruffin and his willingness to throw a lot of pitches to close out a game.
Tant Shepherd led the way offensively for Texas, going 2-2 (including a leadoff homer to start the first) with two runs, two RBI and three walks. The Longhorns were patient at the plate today, drawing nine Stanford walks overall and got just enough timely hitting to put the game away. Throw in some good defense and you've got the team we thought we'd see last weekend.
The 6-3 win gives Texas a series victory against Stanford for the fourth time in the last five years and an opportunity to earn a very good early-season sweep on Sunday. Regardless of how Sunday goes, those feeling queasy about Texas last weekend should feel much better today. The third game of the series starts at 1 PM tomorrow at UFCUDFF with
Cole Green Austin Dicharry on the mound.