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Texas Beats Columbia 7-3; Saturday Double Header Open Thread

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Texas used a balanced offensive attack to bludgeon Columbia's best pitcher for a 7-3 victory that wasn't as close as the final score might indicate. The Horns return to action for a double header today at noon.

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Texas got nine hits from its 5 through 9 hitters including a breakout 3-4 performance from Jeremy Montalbano in jumping out to a 7-1 lead and coasting to a 7-3 victory. The Horns also got great offensive performances from Tres Barrera (2-4) and Collin Shaw (3-4, 3 RBI).

Morgan Cooper was asked to pitch extended innings on Friday as he was last Sunday and again he struggled the longer he went. Somewhat interestingly, 41% of Cooper's hits this season (7-17) have gone for extra bases, by far the highest percentage on the team. Dillon Peters got the win with 6 innings of not particularly sharp pitching.

As I mentioned in the preview, Columbia doesn't have much great pitching but did have a solid Friday starter. It took the Horns a few innings but they managed an exceptional performance against David Speer (6 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K).

Texas and Columbia will play a double header today beginning at noon because of fear of rain coming tomorrow. Dillon Peters and Nathan Thornhill will pitch and this'll be your open thread.