Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field featured a defensive pitchers’ duel between the Texas Longhorns and Boise State Broncos, and thanks to Ty Madden’s gem, the Longhorns came out on top 2-1. Madden threw a complete game, the first of his collegiate career, tying his career high in strikeouts (7), while also allowing just two hits and no walks.
Scoring was few and far between in this game, with the three total runs scored across three different innings. Texas got on the board first in the bottom of the opening inning. After an Austin Todd single and stolen base, Zach Zubia singled in Todd to put the Longhorns up 1-0 in the opening frame. Boise State got their first and only run of the game in the third inning on a solo home run from Broncos RF Reagan Doss. With his home run, Doss, a Round Rock, TX native, became the first Bronco to hit a home run and record an RBI since 1980.
After the third, it was all pitching and defense from both teams. After giving up the home run, Madden retired the next 12 Boise State batters he faced, taking him all the way into the seventh allowing just one hit. He would get most of these outs on strikes or on weakly hit balls, but he also got some help from the gloves behind him, too.
Flash that leather, @55theHammer!— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) February 22, 2020
Defense did some work in a perfect 6th. #HookEm #OwnTheDisch pic.twitter.com/KIpAQXfoYu
Madden allowed a triple in the top of the seventh with two outs, but got the next batter to pop up to end the inning. At this point in the juncture, it didn’t take much longer for Texas to finally re-take the lead.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Eric Kennedy awoke from his beginning of season slump with a solo shot to the bullpen in left field. The home run is the first of the season for the pre-season All Big 12 Kennedy, who showcased his power slapping an outside pitch for an opposite field homerun.
Ding dong, that ball is gone. @erockken21 blasted this one to the other bullpen! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/CjqbSRHR1s— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) February 22, 2020
The Longhorns now back in front 2-1, Pierce leaned on Ty Madden and his dominating performance to carry the Longhorns to the finish. And that he did - Madden retired the next six batters in order, and got the final 27th out of the game on a strikeout, much to the delight of the many fans at the Disch standing and cheering in ovation of his excellent game.
That's a @tymadden11 two-hitter.#HookEm #OwnTheDisch pic.twitter.com/777FuSvRXZ— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) February 22, 2020
In his best performance of his collegiate career so far, Ty Madden put Texas on his back and got them the win in a game that didn’t see a lot of punches coming from the burnt orange side at the plate. He got some late-game heroics that pushed the Longhorns over the top, and because of that, Texas now sits at 7-0.
The Longhorns host Boise State tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the series. Texas will go for its second sweep of the season, with first pitch slated for 12:30 PM CST at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.