The Texas bats recovered from a dismal offensive weekend at Stanford to defeat the UT-Pan American Broncos 6-1 Tuesday at the Disch.
Sophomore second baseman Brooks Marlow hit the first home run of the
Longhorn season and freshman starter Chad Hollingsworth went five innings, allowing only one run in the win.
The Longhorns (7-5) struck first when junior third baseman Erich Weiss drove in junior center fielder Weston Hall with a single. Texas scored two in the second thanks again to Weiss, who drove in Hall and junior left fielder Cohl Walla on an double. Head coach Augie Garrido praised his team’s early production.
“It's as many runs as we scored last week,” Garrido said. “If we're looking for improvement, we got it.”
Weiss was also excited about his day at the plate after having such a difficult series in Palo Alto.
“We fought throughout every game in that series and it was just a heartbreaking series for us,” Weiss said. “The only thing to do is to look forward now. That's what we did tonight.”
After Hollingsworth finished his outing, the bullpen shut out the Bronco offense, allowing only three hits over four innings. Freshman reliever Travis Duke went one and two thirds, allowing three hits. Junior Ty Marlow went one and one third perfect innings, and junior Cory Knebel pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Longhorn bats stalled from the third inning to the seventh. Freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa was the only Longhorn baserunner during that span and reached on an error by the Bronco shortstop. Texas’ bats returned to life in the eighth when Marlow hit the first Texas home run of the season over the bullpen in right. The previous inning, Marlow made a diving play in foul territory before sliding into the wall.
“It greased it up a little bit and got my energy back up,” Marlow said about his defensive play. “I think it got everybody's energy back up. I got a good piece of the bat and squared the ball up pretty well.”
Garrido was optimistic that the poor offensive performance in the series against Stanford was behind his squad and was confident his team would succeed during the homestand.
“What we experienced at Stanford in our first road trip against a very good veteran team on a very fast grass field brought a lot of things out for us,” Garrido said. “We will be a lot better, if we make the adjustments that we can make as a result of those experiences.”
Texas continues its homestand this weekend against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, followed by a Tuesday game against Oral Roberts. Big 12 Conference play opens on the 15th when Texas Tech comes to Austin for a three-game set.