After giving up a 3-1 lead, the Texas Longhorns capitalized on solid relief pitching and small ball to come away with a 4-3 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday, securing the series win.
Texas starter Ty Madden pitched three solid inning, before the Longhorns gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning, ending his day. Freshman left-hander Pete Hansen (2-0) came in to relieve Madden, earning the win in the contest after giving up just two hits and striking out two in his 3.2 innings of work.
Junior right-hander Tristan Stevens came in to face one batter in the eighth before freshman right-hander Andre Duplantier closed things out in the ninth, earning his third save of the season.
The Longhorns built their lead early thanks to the bats of junior infielder Murphy Staley and freshman designed hitter Peyton Powell, who drove in three runs in the second inning. Four innings later, senior right-fielder Austin Todd drove a single into left field, bringing in freshman designed hitter Douglas Holdo, III from second to score the go-ahead run.
With the win, Texas is now 4-2 in one-run games on the season, setting up their third closeout game of the year on Sunday against the Titans. The Longhorns are 2-0 this year when going for a series sweep, thanks to late-game heroics against the Rice Owls and Boise State Broncos.
Texas will have a chance to go for the sweep on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Central on Longhorn Network.