Maryland jumped on Cole Green early in the first game and the Texas offense found no traction in a 10-1 loss. Both Tommy Harmon and Augie Garrido were ejected for arguing with the umpire, and we're happy to chalk this first loss up to early season jitters and move on. Game two looked to be heading the same way with the Horns entering the 7th inning down 4-1. A Mark Payton double plated one in the home half of the 7th and the Horns were able to break the game open an inning later. Erich Weiss led off the 8th with a walk then a Lusson single, 3 HBPs in the next 4 hitters, a wild pitch and a Mark Payton double brought home 5 Texas runs and the Horns had a 7-4 lead entering the 9th. Andrew McKirahan got the win going 1.2 scoreless innings and Stayton Thomas got a one-out save.
The freshmen are really coming through so far. Erich Weiss had his worst day as a Horn so far, going 2-3 in the second game and lowering his batting average to .875 through 3 games. Mark Payton had two doubles, one off the wall in right and one down the line in left to kick start the Texas offens, and Jacob Felts has been solid behind the plate and hitting. On the other hand, Christian Summers got the start at second but was an Etier-esque 0-2 with 2 Ks in game two.
Overall, Maryland was impressive on Saturday, leading the Horns every time a Texas leadoff hitter came up to bat and very nearly getting the Saturday sweep. Winning the second game felt good though, especially on the heals of the basketball loss. Of note, a scuffle nearly ensued after the end of the second game. Per the Statesman:
Punctuating a tense Game 2 that featured eight hit batters, assistant coach Dan Burton approached Garrido near home plate following the game and offered what Garrido called "an unpleasant comment."
When Garrido, who had his back to Burton, turned to respond, several coaches and players circled around briefly before separating.
Hoby Milner will get his first start of the year today at noon as Texas goes for a very acceptable three of four wins.