Texas Longhorns baseball (25-14) took down the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (18-19) in a 13-2 victory in seven innings that was not exactly competitive, but still entertaining for the fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday evening.
Here’s some highlights from the night:
1. Sophomore righty Tristan Stevens made his Texas debut tonight, starting for the Horns after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing most of his freshman year at a junior college. As expected, Stevens had a short outing, going only 23 pitches and two innings. Stevens hit two and even loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but ultimately was able to hold UTRGV scoreless. It will be interesting to see how much of a factor Stevens is going forward for this pitching rotation.
2. David Hamilton broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run shot. The homer was the second of his career and his first ever at Disch-Falk.
3. Later in the inning, Kody Clemens hit a grand slam to make the score 6-0. It was his 12th home run of the season, and the junior is hitting as well as any Longhorns player in recent memory. Clemens and Hamilton both had six RBIs on the night.
He did it again, folks. @kodyclem's second slam of the year was a no-doubter. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/hf404UWCUz— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) April 18, 2018
4. UTRVG scored both of its runs on solo shots against Matteo Bocchi.
5. Jake McKenzie played every single position tonight. The utility man started the game at catcher, moved throughout the infield, played all three outfield positions in one inning, and then closed the game at pitcher. McKenzie is turning into a real glue guy for this team, and his play was rewarded tonight with a cool opportunity to play every position.
BALLGAME! Horns win, 13-2! @JakeMcK13 finishes it out and plays all 9 positions in this seven-inning ballgame.— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) April 18, 2018
That's what you call a utility player, folks. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/mQSddrzZYG
The Horns will be back in action on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Central against Texas Southern (16-21) in Sugar Land. It’s not a test that to take lightly, as Texas Southern fell by only one run to Baylor in Waco on Tuesday in a 5-4 contest.
You can catch tomorrow’s action by tuning in to 104.9 the Horn. Check back in with Burnt Orange Nation for a recap of tomorrow’s game as well as a preview later in the week for the weekend series with New Orleans.