The New Orleans Privateers defeated Texas Longhorns baseball on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with a final score of 4-1.
Blair Henley struggled to follow suit today after a terrific performance from Chase Shugart yesterday. The Longhorns starter went just 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks, while managing just a single strikeout.
The Longhorns outfield looked out of character today as the team committed three errors, all of which were committed by Tate Shaw and Duke Ellis. That certainly did not do the pitching staff any favors.
Unlike what we have seen lately, the Texas offense couldn’t come up with the timely hits today as they stranded seven runners on base. The lone Texas run came on a 7th-inning home run by third baseman, Ryan Reynolds, his fourth of the season.
That's all for the Horns in the 7th but @r_reynolds5's 4th homer of the year got Texas on the board. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/AMH9AOln3o— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) April 22, 2018
A positive that I want to focus on from this game is that the Longhorns bullpen came in and pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball. And even though the team lost today, as the season grows older and the team continues to fight towards the postseason, bullpen performance is going to be huge. Josh Sawyer, Kamron Fields, and Andy McGuire all showed guts today and kept Texas in the game. How you pitch in a game where your team is trailing says a lot about you and allows you to gain the trust of your coaching staff.
A rough day for the Horns today but overall a great week of baseball for David Pierce and company.
The Longhorns (28-15) are back in action Tuesday night at home as the Houston Cougars come to Austin.