Bret Boswell

Freshman third baseman Bret Boswell gave Texas the lead on Saturday’s game with an RBI triple The Longhorns won the game 4-1. It was the only game they won, in the series.
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For a moment, it looked like the Longhorn batters had finally broken free from their slump.

With Saturday’s game tied at one apiece in the bottom of the sixth, Texas struck for three runs on three hits — its first three-run inning since March 24 — to eventually win the game, 4–1.

That momentum changed Sunday, as the Longhorns struggled to find the key hit. Despite tallying 11 hits, the team left 10 runners on base, allowing Oklahoma to take a 3–2 win and the series.

“The difference in the game were RBI hits,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “They had one more than we did.”

Texas also struggled Friday, only scoring two runs in 12 innings. The team left the winning run on second in the 10th, dropping the 3–2 decision.

Still, players performed well Saturday. With one out and a runner on first, freshman third baseman Bret Boswell tripled to right-center field to give Texas the lead. Sophomore catcher Tres Barrera, who came into the at-bat in a slump, singled to left to bring in Boswell. Three batters later, sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz, also in a slump of his own, came through with an RBI single to center.

“Everyone did they’re part today, and hopefully, it sparks something,” Boswell said after Saturday’s game.

The hope that the inning would spark the Texas offense fell through in the rubber match of the series. After Oklahoma took a 1–0 lead in the top of the second, Texas quickly loaded the bases and tied the game on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter C.J Hinojosa. However, even after re-loading the bases with one out, the Longhorns couldn’t take the lead.

Texas came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. With one out and a runner on base, Hinojosa drilled a ball down the left-field line, but the ball hooked just foul at the last second for a loud strike.

Cantu, who threw out three runners over the series, said missing those key hits was frustrating but that they need to stay composed.

“Baseball is a frustrating game,” Cantu said. “So it’s just how you react to it and just got to keep rolling.”

The series loss drops Texas to a .500 record in Big 12 action and fifth in the conference standings. The Longhorns also missed an opportunity to gain on conference favorites Oklahoma State and TCU. Both teams dropped their respective
series this weekend as well. 

“The separation is because of these other games and the losses that have piled up on us, and now it makes this loss seem bigger than it would be had we won more of the other games,” Garrido said.

The Longhorns will face Sam Houston State on Tuesday night before resuming Big 12 play with a three-game series at Kansas beginning Friday.

Freshman third baseman Bret Boswell hit a walk-off single Wednesday night to help the Longhorns come back from a 4-0 deficit to beat UTPA, 5-4. Boswell finished the night with three hits and two RBIs.
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After a strong start to the season, the Longhorns offense fell silent for the first half of Wednesday night’s 5–4 win against UT-Pan American.

Down 4–0 after four innings, the Longhorns began their comeback. With runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth, junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa drilled a single back up the middle to get the Longhorns on the board. 

Two innings later, senior right fielder Collin Shaw recorded Texas’ first extra base hit of the night — an RBI double to cut the deficit to 4–2. In the next inning, Texas senior second baseman Brooks Marlow led off the inning with a walk and scored on freshman third baseman Bret Boswell’s double. Two batters later, Boswell came home to tie the score on a single by sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz. 

Brones starting junior pitcher junior Parker Gallegos held Texas (8–2) without an extra base hit for just over six innings. His defense played a big role in that, including sophomore first baseman Victor Garcia Jr., who made a diving stop in the sixth inning to rob Marlow of a hit.

Trailing 4–1 in the seventh, No. 6 Texas scored on a double by Shaw. The Longhorns then tied the game in the eighth with an RBI double by Boswell and an RBI single by Gurwitz. 

With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Boswell singled up the middle to bring in Shaw and give Texas a 5–4 win. 

“I thought I was going to get a hit, and I was just looking to hit it up the middle and get a good swing on it,” Boswell said. 

Texas’ early difficulties at the plate didn’t come from failing to get the bat on the ball — the Longhorns were sent down on strikes only twice in the game. The issue was getting the hits past the defenders. 

After escaping a jam in the top of the ninth when UTPA had runners at first and third with two outs, the Longhorns found themselves in the exact same position. However, with a full count, Boswell just sneaked the ball past the shortstop to win the game. 

Head coach Augie Garrido said that’s what Boswell does. 

“He’s a big-game player and a big-game performer,” Garrido said. 

Freshman starting pitcher Connor Mayes struggled in his second collegiate start. After posting a perfect first inning, Mayes allowed two runs in the second inning, including one that came after he dropped the ball while covering first base. He then allowed another run off a blooper single before being pulled from the game. 

Two of those runs for UTPA (5-3) came on errors by the defense, which had its struggles during the night as well. Freshman catcher Michael Cantu allowed his first passed ball of his career and Hinojosa bobbled a ground ball — both of which led to runs. 

Texas returns to action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to start off a three-game series against San Diego at home this weekend.

Senior pitcher Parker French opened Texas’ season allow ing just one run in five innings during Texas’ win against Rice on Friday. French is expected to lead Texas on the mound this season as the Longhorns’ veteran pitcher.
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Senior starting pitcher Parker French, who is expected to be the ace of the Longhorns staff in the early going, looked his part in the Longhorns’ season opener Friday. 

After struggling in the first inning with a hit batter and an earned run, French settled in, allowing only three hits and recording a strikeout over the course of his next four innings. French did struggle with three hit batters in the game, although those could be attributed to the nerves of starting a new season.

Sophomore starting pitchers struggle

Outside of French, Texas will have to rely on a pair of sophomore arms on the mound if the team is going to have the success it wants this year. In Saturday’s doubleheader, however, both starting pitchers — Kacy Clemens and Josh Sawyer — struggled in their first starts.

Clemens’ day got off to a rough start, as he allowed seven hits, including a home run, and six runs in his first inning. Clemens settled down for the next two innings but was credited for two more earned runs in the fourth after the Longhorns had closed the deficit to one.

Sawyer’ end result was similar. He allowed a run in the first, allowed two more in the third and was credited with two earned runs in the fifth as Rice swept the Longhorn in the doubleheader.

Longhorns bats rattle Rice’s Blake Fox

While Clemens struggled on the mound, the Longhorns bats kept the game close, which was an impressive feat given the strength of Owls starting pitcher Blake Fox. Texas pegged Fox for seven runs — four of which were earned — eight hits and two walks.

Last season, Fox posted a 1.46 ERA for Rice and was anticipated to be one of the game’s leading pitchers heading into this season. Fox still emerged with his 19th straight win as a starter but not before taking shots from the Longhorns batters.

Boswell starts with solid opening series

After missing all of last year with a wrist injury, redshirt freshman Bret Boswell made the most of his first opportunity to see the field this weekend. 

On Friday, Boswell went 1-for-3, scoring the tying run in the fifth inning. On Saturday, he combined to go 3-for-8 and brought in two runs in the first game of the doubleheader. In the third inning, Boswell laid down a successful squeeze bunt to draw the Longhorns to within one of the Owls. Then, in the ninth, he ripped a double to left-center field to again get Texas to within one run.

Shaw comes through as game one hero

Senior outfielder Collin Shaw didn’t take long to make an impact for the Longhorns. 

With Friday’s game tied 1–1 in the top of the seventh, Shaw stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third and a new Rice pitcher on the mound. Shaw then drilled a double to right field, scoring the two runners, which proved to be the winning runs for the Longhorns. He then added an RBI double in the first game Saturday.