A trip down I-35 to take on a mediocre Texas State Bobcats squad in front of a sold-out crowd in San Marcos didn't turn in favor of the Texas Longhorns until shortstop C.J. Hinojosa blasted a three-run home run in the eight inning to pace a 6-4 comeback victory on Tuesday.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the fame, Hinojosa capped a two-out rally with his big swing and marked another data point in a long line of Longhorns success in the eight inning this season -- according to Texas baseball, the Horns have outscored opponents 25-1 in that inning.
Just as importantly, the big hit by Hinojosa came after head coach Augie Garrido moved him to the second spot in the lineup, with the junior responding by going 2-4 in a potential breakout game for the scuffling hitter. The change also allowed right fielder Collin Shaw to move down into the three spot, where he'll have more RBI opportunities if his extra-base hit barrage continues and the table setters can reach base.
On the mound, sophomore left hander Josh Sawyer wasn't able to capitalize on his midweek start in giving up two earned runs on two walks and two hits, but he did get an assist from the bullpen to avoid a loss, including 1 1/3 innings from Kirby Bellow in notching the save.
Texas travels to Lincoln this weekend for a three-game set against Nebraska.