Texas baseball beats Nebraska
Posted on February 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 12:19 AM
AUSTIN, Texas – Head coach Augie Garrido recorded his 700th win during his 17-year tenure at Texas as the NR/No. 24 Texas Longhorns beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 8-2, Friday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. With the victory, Texas improved its all-time record against Nebraska to 29-28. The Longhorns’ 4-1 start to the 2013 season is their best since the 2009 campaign.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Parker French (2-0) was credited with the win with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. French allowed eight hits, two runs (both earned) and one walk. Junior pitcher Ty Marlow relieved French for two-thirds of the seventh inning, allowing no hits. Junior right-hander Corey Knebel, credited with his second save of the season, came in to close for Texas at the top of the eighth inning and allowed just one hit in 41 pitches while recording all six outs via strikeout.
Nebraska’s four hits in the top of the second inning contributed to an early 2-0 lead over the Longhorns. Senior infielder Josh Scheffert hit a double to left field bringing in sophomore infielder Blake Headley to give the Cornhuskers (0-5) their first run. Sophomore outfielder Austin Darby returned the favor during the next at-bat, bringing home Scheffert with a single to center field for the 2-0 Huskers’ lead.
The Longhorns responded in the bottom of the fourth inning with three hits and an RBI. Junior outfielder Mark Payton got on base first with his single down the right field line. Freshman infielder C.J Hinojosa advanced Payton to second base with a single through the left side and then Felts singled up the middle to bring Payton in and cut the Cornhusker lead to 2-1. The RBI by Felts was his first of the season.
Texas claimed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Pierce walked both junior infielder Erich Weiss and Hinojosa. With Jacob Felts at bat, Weiss and Hinojosa pulled off a double steal. Pierce then walked second baseman Brooks Marlow to set up a bases-loaded situation after Marlow fell behind 0-2 in the count. UT first baseman Codey McElroy, who also fell behind 0-2, came back to drill a full-count single to left to plate Weiss and Hinojosa as Texas assumed its first lead of the evening, 3-2. McElroy finished with a 2-for-3 evening and two RBI.
The Longhorns broke the game open with five runs in the eighth.