Midway through the important 14-game homestand for the Texas Longhorns, head coach David Pierce’s team remained undefeated during that stretch, recording a seventh straight win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Wednesday with a 7-4 win over the North Dakota State Bison.
The bullpen was crucial in keeping the Longhorns in the game. Left-hander Ace Whitehead started and lasted 2.1 innings while allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. In the fourth, right-hander Max Grubbs damaged his own cause by throwing a bunt into left field, resulting in two unearned runs. But right-hander Andre Duplantier, left-hander David Shaw, right-hander Cody Howard, and right-hander Zane Morehouse, the Saturday starter, finished the game by throwing 4.1 scoreless innings during which the Bison only recorded two hits and struck out nine times. In closing out the game, Morehouse recorded his first save at Texas.
The strong performance in relief allowed the offense time to get going as center fielder Eric Kennedy went 3-for-5 with two home runs, two RBI, and three runs scored and right fielder Dylan Campbell went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run that tied the game in the fifth inning. Kennedy’s second home run in the seventh put the Longhorns ahead before Texas added two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a single by first baseman Jared Thomas and a triple to the wall in center field by catcher Garret Guillemette.
WE HAVE LIFTOFF— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 16, 2023
EK sends one way back and it’s a 2-2 ballgame in the 3rd!#HookEm pic.twitter.com/JIsrH6yNsD
DC YA LATER, BALL!@dylancamp25 cranks his second of the season and we’re all tied up! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/U55Gzjxq4Z— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 16, 2023
EK DESTROYED A BASEBALL.— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 16, 2023
Kennedy’s second of the night makes it 5-4 Texas.#HookEm pic.twitter.com/SQLCtHHaaE
G WAGON. @garretguill triples home JT and it’s 7-4 Horns!#HookEm pic.twitter.com/aJRsq4LAEt— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 16, 2023
The homestand continues with the last non-conference weekend series before Big 12 play against New Orleans.