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Texas baseball rebounds for 12-3 victory over Sam Houston State

The 'Horns badly needed a midweek win over the Bearkats and took care of business.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

In a game moved up an hour due to the potential for severe weather in the area, the Texas Longhorns were not only able to get the game in, but also got some dormant bats going for a resounding 12-3 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats at home following the school's first-ever four-game sweep last weekend.

With questions mounting about the future of venerable head coach Augie Garido, sophomore starting pitcher Morgan Cooper continued his return from Tommy John surgery by throwing six shutout innings, allowing only three hits, zero walks, and striking out eight hitters to officially signal that he's back. The eight strikeouts were a career high for the 6'4, 220-pounder from Jarrell, who also retired 15 of 17 batters after allowing two first-inning singles.

in the vein of further good news for the Longhorns and Garrido, sophomore Patrick Mathis was back working as the designated hitter in his first start since February 25 and recorded an RBI single early.

Sophomore second baseman Joe Baker pitched in with several RBIs as well, but the big news was the continued power surge for junior Kacy Clemens and his younger brother, freshman third baseman Kody Clemens. A home run from Kody, the first of his collegiate career, helped stretch the lead early and then he knocked in his brother to close out his successful day. As for Kacy, he ripped a three-run double after hitting two home runs against Cal last week.

Now the 'Horns will head to Westwood for the season's first weekend away series against the Bruins with a little bit of momentum following last week's debacle.