Texas Longhorns baseball began the easiest stretch of the young season on Tuesday evening by handily beating the Richmond Spiders 9-0 at UFCU-Disch Falk Field in Austin.
It’s hard to know what to make of the Spiders considering they have had five players suspended by the NCAA for the heinous crime of participating in a fantasy football league. Richmond has now lost five straight games by totals of 15, 15, 1, 11 and 9 runs.
However, the Longhorns took care of business early, jumping on top quickly thanks to a pair of two-out singles by Bret Boswell and Ryan Reynolds in the first inning. The game was blown wide open in the second thanks to five runs coming across to make it 7-0.
The Horns coasted from there to the 9-0 victory with the only negative being an early exit from senior center fielder Zane Gurwitz due to soreness in his injured hamstring.
Junior Connor Mayes had his best start of the season, striking out five in five innings of scoreless ball, sophomore Parker Joe Robinson made his season debut with two innings, and freshman Kevin Roliard made his third scoreless appearance on the young season.
Midweek games are all about seeing who can contribute and last night was no exception. Freshmen David Hamilton, Austin Todd, Trace Bucey, and Reynolds all started and went 6-14 with four walks, a pair of doubles, and a triple.
There’s not much break in the action as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes to town tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Islanders are 2-10 on the season and come in at number 246 of 254 in Boyd’s World’s Iterative Strength Rating system.
The schedule gets really tough after tonight with a weekend series vs UCLA followed by a midweek affair with Texas A&M and then a weekend series with Texas Tech.
First pitch is on the Longhorn Network and this will be your open thread.