Scoring 12 unanswered runs after falling behind in the bottom of the first inning propelled the Texas Longhorns to a 12-2 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Whataburger Field on Tuesday.
Once again riding a winning streak during this up-and-down season, David Pierce’s team will ow enter another critical weekend conference series against Kansas in Lawrence. The Jayhawks currently sit at 10-14 on the season.
For the Longhorns on Tuesday, however, the headliners were sophomore left-hander Nick Kennedy and freshman left fielder Tate Shaw. Kennedy pitched a seven-inning complete game in striking out 11 and scattering seven hits, while Shaw hit the first grand slam for Texas since 2012 in the second inning.
Five more runs in the fourth inning and a Michael Cantu home run further extended the lead and put the game out of reach. The junior catcher has been struggling at the plate all season, so the 2-4 performance with two extra-base hits could become a significant development if he can continue that momentum.
All told, Texas had 10 hits, drew five walks, and were hit by three pitches. Most importantly, the team got key hits with runners on base, an area that was a struggle last weekend at home against Kansas State, even though the series resulted in a sweep.
There have been other signs that this team is ready to break through during the course of the season, only to suffer a significant setback. In the middle of a favorable stretch of schedule, it’s time for the ‘Horns to continue taking advantage of weaker opponents.