Chad Hollingsworth

Behind 11 innings of combined work, Longhorn starting pitchers junior Chad Hollingsworth and sophomore Josh Sawyer led the Longhorns to two 5-0 shutouts in Saturday’s doubleheader against Minnesota.

In the first game, Sawyer threw five innings of three-hit work bouncing back from a tough outing against Rice.

“[For me] I think it was all about location and throwing with conviction,” Sawyer said. “[Pitching Coach] Skip [Johnson] always preaches about throwing with conviction, every pitch. Tonight, I really worked on that, throwing with conviction and hitting my spots well.”

The Texas offense backed up Sawyer with a two-run third inning. Sophomore center fielder Zane Gurwitz hit a single followed by a walk from freshman designated hitter Joe Baker and a single by junior left fielder Ben Johnson. Senior right fielder Collin Shaw hit an RBI single to give Texas a 1-0 lead. The Longhorns added another run in third off a wild pitch.

Texas put a run in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the seventh inning. Minnesota’s offense couldn’t stage a comeback and the Longhorns won the first game of the double header 5-0.

In the second game, Hollingsworth earned his first win in 6.1 innings of work throwing five strikeouts and only allowed two hits.

Texas helped Hollingsworth offensively with a big fourth inning. Senior Brooks Marlow broke through the scoreless game when he crushed a ball into the right field bullpen for a home run. The Longhorns added an additional run in the fourth.

The Longhorns would add three insurance runs in the eighth inning and to sweep Saturday's doubleheader 5-0.

In their first three games against Minnesota, the Longhorns have scored 23 runs on 37 hits.

“It's a lot of fun when you're playing baseball like this,” Marlow said. “We don't have an easy out in the line-up and that's what makes baseball fun. And scoring runs every game like the first night and hitting the ball hard like these two games makes baseball fun and makes us loose.”

Texas and Minnesota will conclude their four game series Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Texas players greet C.J. Hinojosa, 9, to the dugout after he hit a homerun against UC Irvine in the seventh inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series elimination game in Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday evening. Texas beat UC Irvine 1-0. 

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Sophomore shortstop C.J Hinojosa crushed a ball into the leftfield bullpen to lead off the seventh inning and give Texas the only run it would need to defeat UC Irvine, 1-0, Wednesday night in Omaha.

Hinojosa’s homerun was only his second of the season, and the first homerun of the 2014 College World Series.

This was Texas’ first ever victory against the Anteaters, who eliminated them in Regional play in 2007 and defeated the Longhorns, 3-1, last Saturday.

Sophomore Chad Hollingsworth dominated UC Irvine in eight and a third innings, allowing only four hits while striking out five.

The Longhorns looked likely to get on the board in the sixth inning when sophomore leftfielder Ben Johnson appeared to have hit a one out triple. However, Johnson missed first base and was called out by the umpire. Senior centerfielder followed with a single that easily could’ve scored Johnson, but instead resulted in nothing. 

It seemed the Anteaters had the opportunity to seize momentum with a runner in scoring position in the bottom half, but Hollingsworth got a strike out to end the threat.

Texas nearly got into some trouble in the eighth inning when Hollingsworth hit a batter who got to second via a sacrifice bunt, bringing up Taylor Sparks, who hit a game-changing triple in the eighth inning of the game last Saturday.  But Hollingsworth got Sparks to pop-out and then got a ground-out to end the threat.

Hollingsworth allowed a hit to lead off the bottom of the ninth and left the game with one out and a man on second after a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Travis Duke closed the game with a strike out and a pop out, advancing Texas to the next round.

The Longhorns now have the daunting task of having to defeat Vanderbilt twice to advance to the Championship Series.  The first pitch at TD-Ameritrade Park is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

 

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Led by a complete game shutout from sophomore pitcher Chad Hollingsworth, Texas beat Texas A&M, 4-1, Monday to win the Houston Regional Championship at Reckling Park.

The Longhorns beat the Aggies for the second time in four days to advance to the Super Regionals where they will take on the Houston Cougars in Austin.

Hollingsworth, who spent the entire regular season as a reliever, got the spot start and delivered one of Texas’ best pitching performances of the season.

"Obviously I was pretty happy [with my performance],” Hollingsworth said. “I texted coach last night and told him to give me the ball. I wanted it.”

After allowing one unearned run in the first inning, Hollingsworth slammed the door on the Aggies, giving up only one hit in the final eight innings.

Mark Payton, C.J Hinojosa and Madison Carter all reached base three times for the Longhorns. Payton, who was named Co-Most Outstanding Player of the region alongside Hollingsworth, drew three walks, stole two bases and scored once in the final contest.

Texas will now have three days to prepare for the Cougars, whom they beat 3-2 earlier this year in the Houston College Classic. The first game of the three-game series goes Friday at 3 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Tuesdays belong to Chad Hollingsworth, one of the most consistent Longhorn pitchers this season. 

The Waco native will start his fourth game for Texas (12-7, 1-2), a road contest against the University of Houston on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Coming into this year, Hollingsworth’s arrival was one of the most anticipated on a relatively green Texas pitching staff. While a senior at Robinson High school, the 6-foot-2-inch right-hander accumulated 139 strikeouts and finished with a 0.50 ERA.

His first start as a Longhorn came against the University of Texas at Arlington last month. Hollingsworth went five innings in his collegiate debut and captured the win for the Longhorns while surrendering only one run on four hits.

“The pitching is the most outstanding thing of the game so far,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido told the Longhorn Network during a televised interview in the middle of Hollingworth’s first start.

So far this season, Hollingsworth has compiled a 3-0 record on the mound, the only Texas starting pitcher without a loss. In 17 innings of work Hollingsworth has built up a 2.65 ERA allowing seven runs off of 14 hits. He has held opposing batters to an average of .233 and has nine strikeouts on the season.

Despite being the youngest on the mound in the Texas starting corps, Hollingsworth has insisted that he does not succumb to nerves and can rely on his defense to help him out.

“I’ve always been a pretty level-headed guy, so I don’t really get nervous,” Hollingsworth said. “Our defense is going to come out there and work every day. I got in some jams but our defense picked it up and got me out of them.”

The Longhorns lost two of three games against Texas Tech in their first series in Big 12 play. The Longhorns’ hitting struggled throughout the weekend in what turned out to be a competition between the two talented pitching staffs.

Junior Mark Payton currently leads the Texas offense with a .409 batting average. The right fielder has scored nine runs on 27 hits and has a team-high 15 RBIs. Junior Erich Weiss has also been solid for the Longhorns with a .348 batting average, 11 runs and 12 RBIs.

Weiss, Payton and freshman C.J Hinojosa — the 3-4-5 hitters in the Longhorns’ lineup — have consistently provided most of the Longhorns’ power at the plate, although freshman Ben Johnson has maintained a .348 batting average and his resume includes two home runs since he entered the line-up two weeks ago.

The Longhorns will face Houston on Tuesday night. The Cougars are 16-4 on the season and are riding a five-game win streak which includes two wins against Baylor.

Innings 1-3: Erich Weiss drove in the Longhorns’ first three runs with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the second. Starting pitcher Chad Hollingsworth allowed three hits and allowed the leadoff man to reach base each inning, but held the Broncs scoreless through three frames.

Innings 4-6: The Broncs picked up their only run of the game on an RBI fielders choice by Chris Torres to score Will Klausing. Texas failed to record a hit between the fourth and sixth innings and only saw one batter reach base on an error by shortstop Shane Klemcke.

Innings 7-9: Brooks Marlow connected on a two-run home run to cap a three-run eighth inning. Relievers Travis Duke, Ty Marlow and Corey Knebel combined to pitch the final three frames and did not allow a run.

6: RBIs by Erich Weiss in the past three games. Weiss has 9 RBIs on the season. 

21: Consecutive batters without a hit for Texas between C.J Hinojosa’s third inning single and Brooks Marlow’s eighth inning home run.

36: Consecutive innings the Longhorns went without a lead before Weiss’ first inning RBI single.

After allowing two runs without recording an out Saturday, Chad Hollingsworth rebounded to pitch five innings of one-run ball in his second career start. The freshman threw 48 of his 66 pitches for strikes to pick up the win and lower his season ERA to 3.09.

 Following an 0-4 performance, Jacob Felts now has just one hit in his last 16 at bats. The catcher has not recorded a hit since Feb. 24 against Nebraska and has seen his batting average drop to .156 in 2013.

 Texas hosts the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday, March 8. The Gauchos are 8-4 overall this season and 2-1 on the road. 

—Peter Sblendorio

Chad Hollingsworth warms up for Texas’ opening series last month.

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After getting swept by Stanford over the weekend, the Longhorns will look to end their four-game losing streak Tuesday when they host Texas Pan-American.

Texas (6-5), has scored just six runs during its four-game skid, but is hopeful to get a resurgence on offense against a Broncos pitching staff (2-6) that is allowing nearly six runs per game. In addition, the Longhorns have performed well at home, where they are 6-2 and have scored at least six runs three times.

Freshman Chad Hollingsworth is slated to get the start for Texas. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA this season, and pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first career start on Feb. 19. Overall, he has pitched 6.2 innings and struck out five batters over the course of five appearances.

Despite the Longhorns’ struggles over the weekend, head coach Augie Garrido was pleased with his team’s effort and believes his players will only improve with experience.

“I believe we are a team that will get much better as we go down the road,” Garrido said. “I was really impressed with the attitude of our team. A loss is always stinging and stunning, but some losses you gain confidence from and you earn respect.”

Starting pitcher Nathan Thornhill agreed with Garrido, saying the team is ready to put the weekend behind them and focus on the present.

“I think getting this one off our minds and getting back on the diamond to compete again [is important],” Thornhill said. “We have a great group of guys and just have to get back to being ourselves and not trying too hard.”

Tuesday’s game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. It will be the first game of the Longhorns’ current eight-game homestand.

Game Breakdown:

Innings 1-3: Pitcher Chad Hollingsworth put up an impressive start in his debut as a starter, holding the Mavericks scoreless through the first three innings. The right-hander worked himself out of a bases-load jam in the first inning and struck out three batters in the first two innings. On offense, Erich Weiss stroked a double down the left field line in the first inning and drove in two runs in the third on a bases-loaded single. 

Innings 4-6: UT-Arlington scored its first run of the game in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Jake Pinchback after Matt Shortall led off the inning with a triple. Hollingsworth was replaced by Travis Duke after five innings. The Texas lineup only managed one hit, a single by Matt Moynihan, in the middle innings. 

Innings 7-9: The Longhorns offense went down in order in both the seventh and eighth innings. UT-Arlington threatened in the top of the seventh by putting two men on with one out, but Ty Marlow came out of the bullpen and was able to work out of it. Corey Knebel recorded his first save of the year by pitching two scoreless innings, striking out three.  

—Peter Sblendorio

Stock up: The Texas bullpen had another strong outing Tuesday night, as four relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings. Since allowing five runs before making an out in the eighth inning of Friday night’s opener, Texas relievers have allowed just two runs in 10.1 innings. 

Stock Down: 

Jacob Felts recorded two in three at bats in Texas’ first game of the season, but the catcher has gone 0-9 since. After remaining hitless in three at bats Tuesday, the catcher’s batting average is .167 on the season. 

What’s Next: 

The Longhorns will take on Nebraska this weekend in a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Cornhuskers are 0-4 to start the season, averaging just three runs per game. 

Freshman pitcher Chad Hollingsworth started off shaky but quickly bounced back to pitch five solid innings and earned back-to-back outs in his first game for Texas.  

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The Texas defense carried the team Tuesday night against the University of Texas at Arlington. Coming off a weekend of above average offense and struggles on the mound, the Longhorns put together a solid defensive effort against the Mavericks.

The Longhorns defeated the Mavericks 2-1. Despite surrendering seven hits with one error, the Longhorns (3-1) looked solid on defense and protected the lead through the close-scoring game.

“I am happy with the way this team is being consistent,” head coach Augie Garrido said of the defense. “We played hard, they didn’t let the play on offense get to them.”

Freshman Chad Hollingsworth started in his first game for the Longhorns and pitched five solid innings from the mound. After walking his first batter, Hollingsworth surrendered a hit before an error loaded the bases. Keeping his head, the freshman quickly pulled off back-to-back outs, including a strike-out, to keep the Mavericks scoreless.

“Our defense really played for us today. I got into some jams, but our defense picked it up and got me out of it,” Hollingsworth said.

UT-Arlington’s only run came off a triple to right field by junior Matt Shortall that fell right inside the fence, just out of junior Mark Payton’s reach.

Throughout the game, the Texas defense had a habit of getting out of bad situations without much damage. Freshman Travis Duke came out of the bullpen for Texas in relief at the top of the sixth inning and was immediately effective for the Longhorns. Duke registered two strikeouts and faced the minimum in his first inning on the mound.

Several times throughout the game, the Mavericks threatened to strike but were unable to gain any momentum from the Longhorns. In the seventh inning, Duke surrendered a hit with one out and was relieved by sophomore Cameron Cox who gave up another single to center field.

Junior Ty Marlow, who was credited with the save last Friday night against Sacramento State, came in to clean up for the Longhorns pitching two straight outs. Junior Corey Knebel came in as closer in the eighth surrendering only one hit in two innings while striking out three.

On offense, junior Erich Weiss headlined the night with a two RBI effort in the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Weiss hit a line drive just inside the third-base line to plate both first baseman Codey McElroy and designated hitter Matt Moynihan.

The Longhorns had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the night but were unable to capitalize on several stolen bases and UT-Arlington defensive shortcomings. The Longhorns finished the evening with five hits. Moynihan’s single that led to a run in the third marked his fourth consecutive game with a hit.

Published on February 20, 2013 as "Defense triumphs in win". 

Highly touted freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa started strong in his first series with the Longhorns, batting .545 with two extra-base hits in three games against Sacramento State last weekend. Despite already committing three errors this year, Hinojosa should be a serious contributor both offensively and defensively for Texas. 

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After kicking off the season with a series win over the weekend, the Longhorns will look to pick up their third victory of the year Tuesday against the UT Arlington Mavericks.

Texas (2-1) will send freshman Chad Hollingsworth to the mound for his first career start. The right-hander, who made his collegiate debut as a reliever on Saturday, went 13-2 with a 0.50 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 97.1 innings as a senior at Robinson High School in Waco last season.

Hollingsworth will attempt to match the performances of starters Parker French and Dillon Peters over the weekend. French pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out five players to pick up the win Friday, while Peters allowed just two runs in seven innings during Sunday’s victory.

The Texas lineup will also look to continue its strong play, as it recorded at least 10 hits in each of its first three games. Junior Mark Payton has responded well to batting cleanup, as he hit .583 with three runs and five RBIs over the weekend. Freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa also made a nice impression in his Longhorns debut, batting .545 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

Head coach Augie Garrido was pleased with the Longhorns’ start to the 2013 season.

“Well it wasn’t a sweep but it was, I think, good baseball by both teams,” Garrido said. “I think that a lot of good things were done by both teams throughout the weekend. Both teams hit the ball frequently and hard and put pressure on the defenses.”

UT-Arlington also had a successful opening weekend, as the Mavericks swept Louisiana Tech. They scored 20 runs in the three games of the series, and five players batted at least .375 against the Bulldogs.

Tuesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field