Longhorns' offense fizzles as Hornets grab 5-3 win; series ends Sunday

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By Joe Cook, Inside Texas Intern
Posted Feb 16, 2013
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The Texas Longhorns were unable to fend off the Sacramento State big inning, as they did in the first game of the series, and they fell to the Hornets 5-3 Saturday in Austin. UT miscues in the infield and timely hitting by Sacramento State gave Hornet pitcher Brennan Leitao the necessary support in limiting the Longhorn bats to only two runs in the win.

 

Entering the third inning tied at one, Sacramento State began their rally with a single by right fielder Nathan Lukes. Another single by second baseman Andrew Ayers brought up first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who hit an RBI double off of junior pitcher Nathan Thornhill, giving the Hornets their first lead of the series. Another two runs would be enough for Leitao to get the win.

“When we got behind 4-1, it shocked us and stunned us a little bit,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “We started getting a little more conservative and got away from our aggressive plan at the plate. We didn’t do anything to him to take him out of his game. Today, their pitcher had a little better command than our pitcher.”

After three and two thirds innings, Garrido replaced Thornhill with sophomore reliever Cameron Cox.

“It's definitely not what I wanted, but I know I have better stuff than what I showed today,” Thornhill said. “I just need to keep pitching. I'm going to maintain my confidence in that and keep preparing for the next outing.”

Cox pitched another three and one third innings, allowing only one run before being replaced by freshman Travis Duke.

“I like how Cox and Duke performed,” Garrido said. “They came in and pitched their game. That's huge for us.”

Duke allowed only one hit in one and two thirds innings, throwing 18 of his 20 pitches for strikes.

The Longhorns scored two more runs, one coming on a Matt Moynihan single that scored sophomore infielder Codey McElroy, the other thanks to a Madison Carter single that plated Erich Weiss. The Horns were retired by Hornet right hander Sutter McLoughlin, who saved Leitao’s victory. Thornhill took the loss.

Freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa recorded his second and third errors of the season in Saturday’s game, the first resulting in the first Hornet run.

“I just came up too early and tried to get rid of it.” Hinojosa said. “I know I can make those plays, I think I just try to get ahead of myself.”

Garrido was not concerned about Hinojosa’s or the team’s performance so far.

“Give (Hinojosa) some time before you jump on him,” Garrido said. “When you practice for 18 days and play one game, it isn't exactly a mature, experienced team at this point. It's not an excuse, it's just a reality”

The Longhorns face the Hornets in the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Garrido named sophomore lefty Dillon Peters as the starter. Peters will face right hander Zach Morgan.

 

 

 

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