The Texas Longhorns did not mess around tonight. With Texas A&M awaiting the winner of Texas and Texas Southern, the Longhorns did not want to squander the chance to meet their longtime rivals at home in the winners bracket.
The Longhorns put up a 10 spot on Texas Southern to earn a shutout victory. Statement made.
Texas starter Chase Shugart did exactly what I hoped he would do in this game. Shugart had great command of his stuff and worked with great tempo. He looked completely comfortable out there tonight on the big stage. Something we haven’t seen too often from the Texas junior.
The Texas offense came out firing on all cylinders after a poor showing in Oklahoma City. Texas got things rolling in the home half of the 2nd after a 1 out DJ Petrinsky walk, followed by a single by Tate Shaw, Texas had runners on the corners. Petrinsky would come in to score on a throwing error on a pick off attempt by Tiger pitcher Peyton Schneider to get the ‘Horns on the board 1-0. After a single by Jake McKenzie through the left side of the infield, Texas speedster David Hamilton would lay down a perfect bunt which he would beat out for a base hit scoring Shaw from 3rd.
After working 2 on with nobody out in the 3rd inning, DJ Petrinsky got a pitch right in his wheelhouse and he did not miss.
It was DJ’s 7th big fly of the season, which put Texas up 5-0. Duke Ellis would then follow up with an RBI single after working a great at-bat to increase the lead to 6.
Shugart continued his efficient dominance after working an 8 pitch 4th inning.
Texas would continue to tack onto their lead after a 2 RBI single by Kody Clemens made it 8-0 Texas.
David Hamilton would then do something that hadn’t been done since Mark Payton did so in 2011; a straight steal of home.
Hamilton got a great jump and the Tigers had no chance at throwing him out at the plate - good for Texas’ 9th run of the contest.
Shugart: W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K.
David Pierce would call upon Matteo Bocchi to get the final 9 outs. He would do just that.
DJ Petrinsky’s 4th RBI of the game in the 8th inning would give Texas their 10th and final run of the night.
10-0. Shutout. Welcome back postseason baseball.
Going into a matchup with the Aggies tomorrow, this was a huge momentum boost for the ‘Horns. This is exactly the game they needed. You really couldn’t have drawn it up any better.
Get some rest, tomorrow we ride. Give ‘em hell!