For the seventh time in the last eight games, the Texas Longhorns failed to come away with a victory, this time in a humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Tuesday evening at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.
It was the first win for the Islanders over the Longhorns in Corpus Christi in five tries and only the fifth victory overall against Texas in 25 games. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi entered the contest with losses in eight of the last 11 games and is a .500 team in the Southland Conference.
The Horns only managed four hits scattered across the top of the lineup and drew only two walks, hardly enough to win on a day when the pitching staff wasn’t especially sharp. Two of those hits and both walks came in the first inning, during which Texas scored two runs, but missed an opportunity to score more when freshman second baseman Lance Ford grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
After a single by senior shortstop Masen Hibbeler in the second inning, the next 20 Texas batters went down in order until another single in the eighth inning. By that point, the Longhorns trailed 6-2 and never got any closer.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Coy Cobb got the start, but struggled with his control in issuing five walks over three innings, while also throwing a wild pitch. He kept Texas in the game, however, as he only allowed two runs. Freshman right-hander Kolby Kubichek and junior right-hander Donny Diaz struggled with their control, too, especially Diaz, who was charged with two runs while only retiring one batter. Another freshman right-hander, Owen Meaney, allowed two runs in the ninth.
Texas travels to Lawrence this weekend to play a three-game series against Kansas that begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Central.