Ty Marlow

Junior pitcher Corey Knebel threw two perfect innings to conclude the game against Texas-Pan American.  The closer returned to play after a suspension last week for violating team rules.  

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Head coach Augie Garrido knows that the Longhorns need to win their games against Big 12 opponents in mass in order to have a chance at returning to the postseason.

That said, Garrido did not downplay the significance of Texas’ gritty 6-1 victory in a sloppy matchup against The University of Texas-Pan American in terms of improving his team’s attitude for the home stretch. 

“When you win, the next day at practice is a lot different than when you lose,” Garrido said. “The worst thing about losing is how it puts that dark cloud over everything. As long as you are playing, you have to know that there is realistic opportunity [to win].”

The Longhorns picked up 12 walks in the game, including six in a three-run third inning. Brooks Marlow and Ben Johnson each picked up an RBI in the frame on bases-loaded walks, and Ty Marlow scored on a balk by Kyle Tokunaga.

Mark Payton kicked off the scoring for the Longhorns in the first inning with an RBI single to score Weston Hall. Texas would also score runs in the fourth and eighth innings on a pair of run-scoring hits by Ty Marlow. 

Ty Marlow said that his team was eager to get back on the field following a tough series loss in Lawrence against Kansas. 

“After a big loss at Kansas, we just came out here wanting to prove something,” Marlow said. “We just have to take the Tuesday-game mindset into the weekend games and we should be fine.“

Right-hander Josh Urban was strong in his second start, as he limited the Broncs to one run and while striking out three in 4.2 innings to pick up his first win. Travis Duke pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out two while allowing just one hit. 

After serving a suspension over the weekend for a violation of team rules, closer Corey Knebel returned to pitch a pair of perfect innings to finish the game. Following the game, Knebel said that he was happy to move on from the suspension and believes that it is something that he can learn from. 

“I’m very glad to put it behind me,” Knebel said. “I’m glad that everything’s OK now. I definitely took it as a life lesson. I felt like it might have been needed. I took it in a good way.”

With the win, the Longhorns improved to 20-15 on the season and 16-6 at home. Texas has not lost a Tuesday night game since March 19 when they fell on the road to Houston. 

The Longhorns will look to improve their 4-8 conference record and pick up their first Big 12 series victory of the year this weekend when they host West Virginia in a three-game set. The series opener is scheduled to begin Friday at 7 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. 

Another Big 12 series slipped through the Longhorns’ fingers Sunday afternoon. Texas dropped the rubber match to Kansas, 4-3, on Sunday, dropping two of three games to the Jayhawks this past weekend. 

All three games were decided by one run as the Longhorns (19-15, 4-8) are now 9-7 in games decided by one run this year.

In game one, the Longhorns pushed the Jayhawks to 12 innings with the score tied at six before dropping the contest, 7-6, off a walk-off RBI single with two outs. 

The Texas offense was productive in the series opener. Both Ty Marlow and Ben Johnson each had solo home runs in the second. Three straight hits by Erich Weiss, Mark Payton and C.J Hinojosa followed to put the Longhorns up, 4-0. The Jayhawks battled back in the third inning, getting two runs before taking the lead in the fifth with a two-run home run. Texas tied it up twice to force the game into extra innings. 

The Longhorns evened the series on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Kansas in game two. Sophomore Dillon Peters pitched a complete-game surrendering one run off six hits. Payton scored first for the Longhorns off a walk in the second before playing Brooks Marlow in the third for the 2-0 advantage. The Jayhawks struck back in the seventh with an RBI double to cut the Longhorns lead to 2-1, but were unable to mount a comeback. 

In Sunday’s series finale, the Longhorns had a chance to take their first conference series since beating Kansas twice in three games last April. Texas got up early with an RBI single in the top of the first from Hinojosa before Kansas responded in the third to tie the score. A two run fourth inning by the Jayhawks gave them the lead. Texas came back in the fifth with two runs, consisting of an RBI single by Weiss and a sacrifice fly by Ty Marlow to tie the game. 

The Jayhawks got the go-ahead run in the sixth thanks to two errors by the Longhorns defense. Texas struggled in the field Sunday afternoon, committing three errors that resulted in several runs. Junior Nathan Thornhill threw nine innings for the Longhorns and grabbed the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season. 

The Longhorns will host UT-Pan American on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Texas beat UT-Pan American 6-1 in their last meeting March 5.

Innings 1-3: Texas scored two runs in each of the first two innings and added a run in the third for a 5-2 lead. The big blow came off the bat of Ty Marlow, who recorded his first career hit with a second-inning home run in just his second field start of the season. Josh Urban allowed two runs in 2.2 innings in his first career start.

Innings 4-6: Jeremy Montalbano highlighted a four-run fourth inning with a bases-loaded single to score a pair of runs. Mark Payton and C.J Hinojosa also had RBI singles in the inning, and Hinojosa added another RBI base knock in the fifth inning. Texas State scored its third run of the game with a fifth-inning RBI double by Garrett Mattlage.  

Innings 7-9: Chad Hollingsworth pitched the final three innings for Texas, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one. Jacob Felts picked up a pinch hit RBI single in the eighth inning, and Marlow recorded his third RBI of the game with a run-scoring fielder’s choice. 0

 

By the Numbers:

5: Number of consecutive innings Texas scored in to start the game.

27: Hits recorded by the Longhorns in two games against Texas State this season.

4: Number of Texas batters to score at least two runs

 

Stock Up: 

The Texas offense: After managing just four runs in three games over the weekend, the Texas lineup exploded for 12 runs on 16 hits Tuesday. Payton and Weston Hall had four and three hits, respectively, in the game, and four Longhorns drove in at least two runs. The 12 runs and 16 hits are both season highs for Texas this season.

 

Stock Down: 

Mark Gottsacker: The leftfielder went 0-3 with two strikeouts Tuesday and was one just of two Texas starters that failed to record a hit. Gottsacker is hitless in his last eight at bats and saw his average drop to .214 on the season. 

 

What’s Next: 

Texas travels to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the Jayhawks in a three-game series this weekend. The Longhorns are 3-6 against Big 12 opponents this season and will look to pick up their first conference series win of the year.

Brothers Ty and Brooks Marlow are becoming key players for the Texas Longhorns. The two have played together all of their lives, and Ty’s transfer to Texas this season provides constructive competition when Ty is on the mound and Brooks is in the middle infield. 

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Ty and Brooks Marlow are used to the good natured teasing that comes with all the attention. After all, the brother angle has been exploited many times throughout their lives, especially when you add in their older brother Zach who used to play ball for Texas A&M University.

“They’re just jealous,” Brooks Marlow laughed. “Everybody gives us a hard time when people interview us together. We’re just having fun with it.”

Brooks has been at Texas for two years now, starting at second base as a freshman. Ty, however, transferred to the Longhorns at the start of his junior year after a year at Texas A&M and one at McClennan Community College. The two have been playing together since they first started in little league, and appreciate the familiarity of having each other on the field.

“It feels normal being back here, playing with him. It feels good,” Ty said. “We’ve always played together.”

Although the brothers originally went to rival colleges, there was never any animosity between the two. However, they never got a chance to play each other in college before Ty transferred from Texas A&M after his freshman year. They joked that there may have been some competition had they actually faced each other.

“I wanted him to go here since day one,” Brooks said. “But no animosity, wherever he goes I’m going to respect him, and he’s going to respect me. It’s all good.”

Ty considers himself to be the more reserved and responsible older brother, especially around Brooks. He claims that his job is to keep Brooks, who is the comedian in the family, in line. But they both feed off each other and keep each other honest both on and off of the field.

“Being the older brother, I feel like that’s my job,” Ty explained. “To go out there and get my work done and always watch out for him. I know when to straighten him up.”

While at Texas, Ty has been an important middle reliever for the Longhorns. So far this season, he has posted a 2.70 ERA and a 1-1 record on the mound.

Although he didn’t begin the season starting for the Longhorns, Brooks has cemented himself as an important part of the starting lineup at second base, continuing his role from freshman year. Brooks has a .185 average on the season with three RBIs and a home run.

Both confess to a competitive relationship, however, they claim that it has only helped them improve their game. Despite playing together since they were little and living together now in college, the two have never gotten tired of each other.

“We’ve always competed against each other. That’s how we got better, just trying to compete against each other. That’s what got us here today,” Brooks said. “We’ve always been there for each other and we can tell each other what we are doing wrong. We build off that, off each other’s energy.”

The Longhorns will host perhaps their most important series of the season when No. 14 Oklahoma comes to Austin this weekend. Texas has yet to win a Big 12 conference series this year, going 2-1 in contests against both Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. this Friday with game two on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and game three on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Sooners (25-5, 5-1) are sitting on top of the Big 12, wtih their only Big 12 loss coming at home against Kansas.

“We are all brothers on this team, but me and Brooks have a strong chemistry,” Ty said. “Me and him together are a lot stronger, going out there to pitch and knowing your brother is at second base and he is going to do everything he can to stop the ball.”