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Texas finished a historic run to the Big 12 championship game with a 6–3 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday.

The Longhorns, who finished the Big 12 regular season in fifth place with a 2625 overall record, rode the backs of their pitchers to the championship game. Texas got three consecutive complete games from pitchers — senior Parker French, junior Ty Culbreth and freshman Connor Mayes.

Texas saw Sunday’s starting pitcher, right-handed freshman Kyle Johnston, pick up where the other three left off. Johnston threw five innings of one-hit ball before getting into trouble in the sixth inning.

“All of the four starters did an excellent job of getting their outs on time,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “[The pitchers were] pitching to contact, pitching without fear, showing a purpose on the mound, trusting their teammates behind them and going about their business of playing baseball.”

The Longhorns scored the first run of the game in the third inning. Junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit a one-out single and moved over to second on freshman shortstop Joe Baker's sacrifice bunt. Junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa hit an RBI single to center to bring Johnson home and gave Texas a 1–0 lead.

Johnston kept the Cowboys offense shut-down until the sixth inning, in which he issued a one-out walk to freshman infielder Jacob Chappell.  The Cowboys followed the walk with a single from senior outfielder Gage Green. Oklahoma State tied the game on an RBI single by junior outfielder Corey Hassel.

The Cowboys continued their offensive push in the seventh inning. French came into the ballgame to relieve Johnston, as Oklahoma State loaded the bases. The Cowboys were able to score a run and take a 2–1 lead, but French was able to get the Longhorns out of the inning only down one.   

Down a run, the Longhorns offense exploded in the eighth inning. Texas took advantage of three errors and scored five runs on two hits to give it a 6–2 lead.

But Oklahoma State would try to rally in the bottom frame as it loaded the bases in the eighth. The Cowboys were able to score a run, but the Longhorns got off the inning 6–3.

Texas called upon senior left handed pitcher Kirby Bellow to finish the eighth and ninth innings and secure its fifth Big 12 Tournament Championship.    

“I just went out there and trusted myself and focused on the glove and didn't worry about the runners,” Bellow said. “I just went out there and tried to do my job.

Sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Gurwitz had two hits and two RBIs in the championship game.

While he earned the tournament’s highest honor, Gurwitz was quick to acknowledge his teammates efforts throughout the tournament.

I have the easy part,” Gurwitz said. “My teammates in the eighth inning they got the bases loaded for me, they tied the game. All I had to do was put the ball in play, and I found a hole.”

Gurwitz, French and Mayes were named to all-tournament team alongside sophomore catcher Tres Barrera, senior second baseman Brooks Marlow, freshman third baseman Bret Boswell and Baker. 

After head coach Augie Garrido said this team was the best since 2005, Texas has limped to a 24–24 so far this season.
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The Longhorns (24–24, 9–12 Big 12) won’t return to UFCU Disch-Falk Field until next season.

Texas’ final home game this season, against Texas State, was cancelled for inclement weather, meaning the Longhorns have three guaranteed games left and a murky offseason looming on the horizon.

The Longhorns will travel to Waco to take on Baylor in their regular season series finale May 16–17, and Texas hopes it plays well enough to bolster its faltering chance of getting into the Big 12 Tournament.

If the Longhorns, who are 9–12 in Big 12 play and fifth in the conference, want to make a surprise appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the team will likely have to shock the conference and win the Big 12 Championship. That possibility is unlikely, as the Longhorns have dropped 10 games to the conference’s top four teams — TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Despite the long odds, junior left fielder Ben Johnson and the players aren’t ready to give up yet.

“[We need to] try and win as many games as possible,” Johnson said. “If we were to win out, who knows what will happen. We just have to find a way to win games to give us a chance to find a way to get in.”

If the team doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament, it will be the third time in four years that the team has failed to advance to the postseason.

As the team faces the prospect of missing the NCAA Tournament again, some fans have raised questions about head coach Augie Garrido’s job security. Men’s athletic director Steve Patterson has already demonstrated that he isn’t afraid to take drastic action firing two of Texas’ top coaches — Mack Brown and Rick Barnes — in the last two years.

The fan base has grown tired of losing, leading to unsubstantiated rumors about Garrido’s future spread primarily on message boards. One Austin American-Statesman columnist called for Garrido to resign.

But Garrido shows no signs of quitting. Although this season has been subpar, Garrido said he feels like he can right the ship.

“I know how to fix it,” Garrido said. “But it has to start like it did last year in the fall. We really assumed and thought we had the leadership on this team as a result of how close they were and how many guys were coming back. … We didn’t work them as hard on attitude as we did with last year’s team. It’s all about attitude.”

As the offseason approaches, Johnson and junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa will have to decide whether to enter the MLB draft or return for their senior seasons. The Longhorns are already losing several starting seniors, including pitcher Parker French, second baseman Brooks Marlow and right fielder Collin Shaw.

In the face of offseason drama, Texas still has baseball to play — and the team will try, despite the odds, to make a run at the NCAA Tournament.

“We gotta comeback ready to play,” sophomore catcher Tres Barrera said. “Come back with an opening-day mindset and just fight it. We have a bunch of fighters in this locker room. We have everybody back from last year’s team, and we know what it takes to be in the College World Series.”

Junior left fielder Ben Johnson walks off the field after being ejected from Sunday’s game against Texas Tech. The left fielder was ejected after arguing balls and strikes after he struck out. Johnson has been successful on offense, while the rest of the team has struggled.
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Down 5–1 in the eighth inning against Texas Tech on Sunday, junior left fielder Ben Johnson stood at the plate with a 3–1 count, two outs and the bases loaded.

Two pitches later, Johnson was called out on strikes. Both of them could have gone either way to end what started as a promising inning. He was then ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire. He threw his helmet in frustration before returning to the dugout.

It’s been that kind of season for a Longhorn offense that has scored only 226 runs this year — second-worst in the Big 12 conference. With just over two weeks before the Big 12 tournament — a tournament Texas has to win to ensure a spot in the NCAA tournament — that’s going to have to change quickly, starting against Texas State on Tuesday night.

“You always have an opportunity [to fix things] when you have another game to play; that’s the beauty of baseball,” head coach Augie Garrido said following the loss on Sunday. “We’ll try again in a different way between now and Tuesday. That is our job.”

Texas has a Big 12 worst  .256 team batting average and ranks third to last with a .349 team on-base percentage.

And even when runners are on base, Longhorn batters have failed to drive in runs. Against Texas Tech this past weekend, Texas got 31 runners on base but scored only five runs.

“We do it over and over,” Garrido said.

The struggles at the plate came after a blistering start to the season for the offense. The Longhorns opened up their home schedule with a 14- run effort against UTSA and followed that with 31 runs in a four-game series against Minnesota.

But since starting 5–1 in Big 12 play, the bats have gone silent. Texas has scored under four runs per game in the last five conference series, and the five runs they scored this weekend is a team low since tallying just three runs at Nebraska in late March.

Johnson, who will be suspended for Tuesday night’s game for his ejection from Sunday’s game, said after Saturday’s game that it’s been frustrating not being able to get the runs in.

“You just got to stick with it and stick with the process,” Johnson said.

Facing the Bobcats, however, might just be what the Longhorns need to get going again on offense. Texas has scored 13 runs in the two wins against Texas State this season, including five home runs.

But even if they suddenly find the answer on offense and win their four remaining regular season games, the Longhorns will need nothing short of a miracle to have another long postseason run.

Still, Barrera said they don’t plan on going down without a fight.

“We have a bunch of fighters in this locker room,” Barrera said. “There is still a chance; we’re not giving up.”

Junior outfielder Ben Johnson swings away at a pitch Tuesday against Texas A&M Prairie View. Johnson went 2-for-4 in the game with two RBIs, four stolen bases and also scored four times.
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After a series sweep with little offensive production, Texas’ bats started early Tuesday. 

To lead off the first inning, junior left fielder Ben Johnson ripped a ball through Prairie View A&M third baseman Connor Wrye’s legs to open up the game for Texas. Although Johnson’s hit was scored an error, it was the spark for Texas’ offense, which scored three runs in the first inning and plated another nine runs in a 12–4 win over the Panthers.

“[My lead-off at-bat] set the tone early,” Johnson said. “Obviously we want to score a lot of runs, and we did that tonight. That’s the goal every game. I think it was one of those things, no matter what the situations was, we were going to keep putting it on them.”

But it wasn’t easy sailing for the Longhorns. Texas’ sophomore starting pitcher Josh Sawyer produced a solid outing until he ran into trouble in the fourth inning.

Sawyer hit the leadoff batter and walked the next to start the inning. But the sophomore made his biggest mistake when he threw a ball over the head of redshirt freshman third baseman Bret Boswell, attempting to throw out the leadoff runner on a bunt. 

The error allowed a run to score and was the first run in the Panthers’ biggest inning. Prairie View A&M drew three more walks in the inning and scored four runs to tie the game at 4–4.

The Longhorns answered in the bottom frame as senior right fielder Collin Shaw started the inning with a leadoff walk and then stole second base. Johnson singled Shaw home and Texas took a 5–4 lead that it would not surrender.

“After we had that walk in the park in the fourth, the offense continued to stay focused and that was a really a good sign – the fact that they didn’t panic or come out of character,” head coach Augie Garrido said.

Texas’ offensive onslaught continued in the sixth inning when Johnson opened the inning with his second base hit of the ball game and a steal — a season-high eighth of the game. Sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz followed with a walk, and sophomore catcher Tres Barrera scored Johnson to push the lead to 7–4. Texas added another run in the inning off a sacrifice fly from freshman shortstop Joe Baker.

Senior second baseman Brooks Marlow added the Longhorns’ final runs in the ninth with a two-run bomb that barely missed the Taco Shack “Free Taco” sign in the right field bullpen. Longhorn senior pitcher Ty Marlow finished off the game, and Texas secured its 23rd win of the season to move a game above .500 before its weekend matchup with Texas Tech.

“Every win is important,” Baker said. “We just wanted to get out there and take care of things like we should’ve all year. We had a down year but it was good to get out there and get a win. Hopefully it’ll propel us in the next series.”

Despite the four run fourth inning, the Texas pitching staff only allowed one hit. Freshman pitcher Jake McKenzie earned the win after relieving sophomore pitcher Jon Malmin in the fourth inning.

The Longhorns will play their final home series starting Friday against the Red Raiders.

FORT WORTH — The momentum the Longhorns built over the last week dissipated in seven hours Saturday afternoon.

Texas gave up 21 runs and 26 hits two games as the Longhorns dropped both games of a doubleheader to TCU.

“The separation between the two teams might have been the infield play,” head coach Augie Garrido said.

The day got off to a rough start in the bottom of the first. With a runner on base, senior pitcher Parker French fielded a ground ball, but threw the ball past second base trying to turn the double play. The error came back to hurt the Longhorns as the Horned Frogs struck for two runs on a single by Dane Steinhagen.

After the Longhorns pulled back to within 2-1 in the second, TCU responded with two more runs on a single and a fielding error by junior left fielder Ben Johnson.

TCU's lead grew to 6-2, but Texas made a run in the eighth. The Longhorns drew four walks in the inning’s first six batters to cut the deficit to 6-3 and Johnson legged out an infield single to plate another run.

Junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa led off the ninth with a single and eventually scored on a double play; however, senior second baseman Brooks Marlow struck out to end the game.

“We kind of fed off of it a bit,” Marlow said. “We had the momentum a little bit even though we lost.”

Texas got off to another rough start in the second game with TCU taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. But the Longhorns fired back with an RBI single by Hinojosa to tie the game.

After the Horned Frogs retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, Marlow responded in the fourth with a solo home run to right field. Johnson then gave Texas its first lead of the day with a single to right to score freshman designated hitter Joe Baker, who had reached on a two-base error.

But that was it for the Texas offense. The Longhorns loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, but failed to capitalize after senior right fielder Collin Shaw and Hinojosa struck out to end the frame.

Meanwhile, TCU struck for a run in the fifth, sixth and then blew the game wide open in a six-run seventh inning to take a 10-3 lead. All six of the runs were unearned due to lapses in the defense, including Hinojosa made a throwing error and overthrew second after making a diving stop up the middle.

“Those were the plays that separated the two teams,” Garrido said.

Junior pitcher Ty Culbreth got the start in place of sophomore Kacy Clemens, who Garrido said would be out for a month. Culbreth finished with three earned runs and six strikeouts in six innings of work.

“I felt like I attacked the zone,” Culbreth said. “I felt like I had command of all three of my pitches.”

The teams were forced to play a doubleheader because of torrential rain and winds Friday night. The Longhorns will look to avoid the series sweep in the final game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

After struggling for the past month, sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz has rebounded with five runs scored and five RBIs in the past four games.
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Texas hit rock bottom Saturday night when Kansas outfielder Connor McKay hit a walk-off home run.

After losing their 19th game of the season, the full weight of all the losses finally set in.

“As baseball players and competitors, when you get the win on Friday night, we’re feeling good — but, to hit that walk-off home run, it changed all of us,” sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz said. “You can only take so much to where you have to fight back and get back to just being out there and being aggressive.”

Maybe the Longhorns just got tired of losing. Maybe it was watching a walk-off home run by Kansas sail over the left field wall. One way or another, Texas has snapped out of its funk. In its past two games, the team has scored 23 runs off 31 hits.

“It was just a last straw sort of thing,” junior left fielder Ben Johnson said. “We were fed up with all the losses we’ve taken. To lose on a walk-off home run like that was pretty tough. We came out Sunday being really aggressive, and it carried over to Tuesday, and, hopefully, it’ll carry over this weekend.”

The Longhorn offense is surging at the perfect moment as they prepare to face their toughest challenge this weekend. Texas (22–19, 8–7 Big 12) will travel to Fort Worth to take on No. 7 TCU (31–8, 7–5).

The Horned Frogs have one of the best pitching staffs in the nation. TCU leads the nation at a 2.15 ERA, has only allowed 6.97 hits per nine innings and averages nine strikeouts per nine innings.

Although TCU presents a difficult challenge, the Longhorns will look to continue attack the ball and fight to score runs.

“We’re not necessarily looking at it as they’re going to have better pitching … [we’ll] just play against the baseball,” Ben said. “Just play the game and just find a way to manufacture runs. That’s what we’re going to keep on doing.”

While the Horned Frogs have a solid pitching staff, Texas’ starting pitchers have been bitten by the injury bug. Sophomore pitcher Kacy Clemens has been ruled out for this weekend’s series because of shoulder soreness. Junior pitcher Chad Hollingsworth might return to the mound Sunday afternoon.

Despite the Longhorns’ pitching issues, associate head coach Skip Johnson said the pitching staff will grind its way through the weekend.

“No game is bigger than any other game,” Skip said. “Every game is important. … TCU’s got a good club. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity all year long, and we’ll probably have to deal with some this weekend.”

After all the losses Texas has suffered this season, a series win against the Horned Frogs this weekend is important. The Longhorns are fifth in the Big 12 standings but are within two games of leading the conference. With so much on the line, the team is fully aware of what lies ahead of them in Fort Worth.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Ben said. “Going to a place like Fort Worth, it’s kind of an environment like [Texas] — a pretty big stadium and a very passionate fan base. But if we want to get back to Omaha, then we’re going to have to find ways to win series like this.”

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The Longhorns’ recent misfortune continued Sunday as they dropped their seventh-consecutive game in an 8–3 loss to Oklahoma State.

With the win, Oklahoma State (22–9, 7–2 Big 12) completed a three-game sweep of Texas (17–15, 5–4 Big 12).

The Cowboys struck first with a run in the first inning, but the Longhorns were able to answer in the top of the third. Sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz drew a one-out walk and freshman shortstop Joe Baker followed with a single. Gurwitz stole third and both runs came home on a bloop RBI single by junior left fielder Ben Johnson to give Texas a 2–1 lead.

But Texas struggled once Oklahoma State loaded the bases in the third. Cowboys sophomore first baseman Dustin Williams hit a ball that was ruled fair before hitting the first base umpire in foul territory and ricocheting to the right. The incident put two runs on the board, and they struck for another run in the inning as the Cowboys extended their lead to 4–2.

The Oklahoma State onslaught continued in the fourth inning as it added four runs. All of the runs came with two outs, and the Cowboys pushed their lead to 8–2.  

The breaks kept going Oklahoma State’s way. In the top of the sixth, Johnson led off the inning with a triple. Sophomore catcher Tres Barrera followed with a line drive that Cowboys senior second baseman Tim Arakawa dove for. The ball appeared to hit the ground, but the umpire called it a lineout. Johnson, who was running toward home, was thrown out at second as a result.

Texas scored a run in the ninth inning when senior right fielder Collin Shaw hit an RBI single to cut the Oklahoma State lead to 8–3. But it was too little, too late, and the Cowboys closed out the game and the sweep.

Texas sophomore pitcher Kacy Clemens took the loss for the Longhorns while Cowboys senior pitcher Michael Freeman put up a dominating performance. Freeman struck out seven and only allowed two runs in eight innings of work.

Although Freeman was able to contain the Longhorns, head coach Augie Garrido said he was content with Texas’ effort at the plate Sunday.

“The message is that we played a much better offensive game against one of the best pitchers in college baseball today than we have in the past,” Garrido said. “We actually took a lot better at-bats today, got really aggressive against good pitching, and we need to build off that.”

Texas entered the weekend atop the Big 12 standings, but the three-game sweep drops the Longhorns into fourth place.

Texas will try to end its losing streak against Wichita State (14–18) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Austin. The game will be broadcast on Longhorn Network.

Junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit an RBI double that was the starting point for the Longhorns’ five-run beatdown of the Wildcats.
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In the fifth inning Sunday, Collin Shaw launched a ball onto Comal Street for a two-run home run.

After breaking a 1–1 tie in the same inning, the senior right fielder’s second home run of the season at UFCU Disch-Falk Field gave Texas a 4-1 lead over No. 14 Kansas State.

“[I’ve just been] going [to the plate] with the approach of helping the team win no matter the situation,” Shaw said.

Texas eventually took a 6–1 win and secured a three-game sweep over the Wildcats.

The Longhorns jumped on Kansas State early in the game. After the Wildcats retired the first two Longhorns in the first, junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa lined a ball into right for a single. Sophomore catcher Tres Barrera then brought Hinojosa home with a double off the left-field wall.

Texas had a chance to add to its 1–0 lead in the second when redshirt freshman Bret Boswell hit a lead-off single and freshman catcher Michael Cantu followed with a walk. Sophomore pitcher Kacy Clemens batted in the designated hitter’s spot and bunted the two runners into scoring position, but Texas left them stranded.

The Wildcats took advantage of the Longhorns’ misfortune in the third, as Kansas State tied the game at 1–1. The game went into a stalemate until the fifth inning, when junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit an RBI double to give Texas a 2–1 lead. The Longhorns continued their onslaught with Shaw’s two-run blast.

Texas added a run in the seventh inning and its final run in the eighth, when Boswell hit an RBI single down the middle to score Barrera and extend the lead to 6–1.

After a disappointing midweek loss to UT-Arlington, Johnson said coming back and the hitting the ball well this weekend helped Texas’ momentum.

“You got to give credit to [UT-Arlington]. They played a great game,” Johnson said. “It’s just something we had to learn from. We have a great, mature team, and if something like that happens, we got to learn from it. And I think we did that this weekend.”

In addition to Texas’ hitting Sunday, the Longhorns turned in solid performance from Clemens. He pitched five innings, allowing two hits and one run and striking out one.

“[Clemens’] outing was good,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “Each time, he’s progressed. That’s what winners do. That’s only the seventh time he’s pitched in two years. He’s quite an improvement and quite an addition to the pitching staff.”

Although Garrido said he liked what he saw from Clemens, Clemens said he still felt he had room to improve.

“I think my changeup and slider has been better,” Clemens said. “I think I had the best stuff against UT-Arlington. Today, I really couldn’t locate my off-speed as well as I wanted to.”

Junior pitcher Travis Duke replaced Clemens in the sixth and freshman Connor Mayes closed the final 2 2–3 innings of play with two strikeouts and zero hits allowed.

Texas (16–8) will look to build off its sweep when it plays Texas State (10–12–1, 6–3 Sun Belt) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in San Marcos.

Junior outfielder Ben Johnson knew the Longhorns need to be ready for Stanford’s experienced pitching staff.

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Texas’ batting order is filled with players that can change a game at any given moment, but few have more consistency at the plate than junior left fielder Ben Johnson.

Take the start of Tuesday night’s game against Incarnate Word: Johnson wasted no time sparking the Longhorn offense, leading off the bottom of the first inning with an infield single to third base on the first pitch he saw. Johnson then hustled to third base when the throw to first sailed into foul territory and scored on a double by the next batter.

That lone run was the first of seven Texas scored in an easy midweek win, and it’s the latest instance of Johnson using both his skill at the plate and hustle on the base paths to get the Longhorns going.

“My job as the leadoff man is to get on-base and find a way to score a run,” Johnson said. “That’s my goal every time I get up to the plate.”

Going into Tuesday’s game, Johnson led the Longhorns — and the Big 12 — with a .433 batting average and was fourth in the league with a .481 on-base percentage. He’s also coming off of memorable weekend at Stanford, where he hit two home runs in the series opener last Thursday night and went 5-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday’s finale.

Johnson said one of the biggest keys for his success has been attacking the ball early in the count.

“I’m not sure what the number is, but the majority of my hits have been on the first few pitches to me at bat,” Johnson said. “It’s just looking for a pitch you’re going to get, and once you get it, take advantage of it and don’t miss it.”

While his statistics paint a great picture, it’s what doesn’t show up in the box score — hustle — that has really made Johnson a leader in Texas’ lineup.

In the Longhorns’ home opener, Johnson took full advantage of a mistake by the UTSA center fielder. Johnson converted what should have been a single into a three-base error when the ball rolled under the outfielder’s glove and all the way to the wall.

“What [Johnson and senior right fielder Collin Shaw] really are is they hustle,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “They use their speed to get two bases instead of one on-base hits a lot.”

Texas now opens up conference play beginning with a three-game series at home against West Virginia this weekend and another three-game set versus Kansas State next weekend.

As the games get increasingly important, Johnson’s plan is simple: to do more of what he’s already doing. 

“[I’ll] just do whatever it takes to get on-base, whether that’s getting a hit, taking a walk or getting hit by a pitch — find a way to get on and get in,” Johnson said.

Freshman third baseman Bret Boswell had a nice game against Incarnate Word on Tuesday night in a 7–1 victory. His RBI double in the third drove in two runs to propel the Longhorns to their third straight win.
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The last time the Longhorns played at Disch-Falk Field, they mustered only two runs in 18 innings of play.

However, against Incarnate Word on Tuesday night, the Texas offense exploded for seven runs on 11 hits, including two home runs. The Longhorn pitchers kept the Cardinals in check for a 7–1 win.

“I thought the best part about the offense was that we scored in the first three innings,” head coach Auggie Garrido said.

The No. 12 Longhorns (11–6)  wasted no time getting on the board. Junior left fielder Ben Johnson jumped on the first pitch Texas saw to lead off the bottom of the first with an infield single. He then advanced to third on a throwing error that the third baseman made. The next batter, senior right fielder Collin Shaw, attacked the first pitch he saw for a double down the right field line to score Johnson.

After bringing across another run on a safety squeeze bunt in the second inning, Texas struck again in the third because of freshman third baseman Bret Boswell’s RBI double, which glanced off the left fielder’s glove to bring in two runs. Boswell then scored on the next batter when freshman catcher Michael Cantu singled to left.

Sophomore catcher Tres Barerra and senior second baseman Brooks Marlow closed out the scoring with back-to-back home runs in the seventh — the first time Texas has hit back-to-back homers since 2010.

Five of Texas’ runs Tuesday came with two outs, something Garrido said it hasn’t done lately.

“Today was the first day where we really, with two outs, capitalized on the one out we had left and kept the rallies going,” Garrido said.

The Longhorns also got solid outings from each of their four pitchers from the mound. Freshman pitcher Tyler Schimpf, who made his first collegiate start, retired each of the first seven batters he saw. His lone blemish came when he hit a batter in the third and didn’t make it out of the inning.

Schmipt, who previously had a 3.86 ERA in three appearances out of the bullpen, said he’s starting to get comfortable pitching for Texas.

“Coming from high school starting, it was a little bit different being a reliever, so getting my first start today was nice,” Schimpf said. “It felt like the old times throughout high school.”

Sophomore pitcher Jon Malmin, freshman pitcher Jake McKenzie and junior pitcher Travis Duke followed up with at least one inning pitched each and combined to give up only one hit, while strikingout two. 

Senior pitcher Ty Marlow closed out the game with two near-perfect innings, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts in his second appearance after Tommy John surgery. The Longhorns open up Big 12 play with a three-game series against West Virginia beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.