The Texas Longhorns (6-3) managed to come away with a weekday, non-conference win over the Lamar Cardinals (6-3) in Austin, 9-5.
The scoring started off in the top of the second inning, as Lamar had two men on for Cole Coker. Connor Mayes left a fastball high to Coker and he proceeded to smash it over the right field wall for a three-run home run.
Lamar had to use three different pitcher throughout the first two innings, as the Longhorn bats started getting to them in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases-loaded and one out, catcher Michael McCann — who’s been having a superb start to the season — drove in one run with a run-scoring single.
David Hamilton proceeded to bring in a run on a sacrifice fly to allow Texas to pull within one run at 3-2. With runners on the corners and two outs, Texas failed to score another run in that inning.
The next inning, with one runner on, Bret Boswell absolutely murdered a baseball to the right field bullpen, putting Texas up 4-3.
Texas put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning against Lamar pitching due to blunders.
After a walk, Kacy Clemens hit a double, putting runners on second and third with just one out. However, before the next pitch was thrown, a balk was committed, scoring a run and making it 5-3 Texas.
After a hit batter, Travis Jones ripped a pitch to right field for a run-scoring single, which was followed by a throwing error on a base-stealing attempt, which also scored a run. Texas ended the inning up 7-3.
Lamar crawled back in the top of the seventh inning, as pinch-hitter Stefanos Panayiotou belted the first pitch that he saw from reliever Beau O’Hara over the right field wall. His two-run shot brought Lamar within two runs, as Texas only held a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the frame.
Texas also added on another run in the bottom of the seventh inning to get one of the runs lost in the top half back. Travis Jones — who drove in a run earlier in the night — crushed a run-scoring triple to extend the Longhorn lead to 8-5. In the bottom of the eight, after a stolen base by David Hamilton, Kody Clemens brought him home on a single up the middle, making it 9-5.