Posted on March 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Weston Hall went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Sunday while Brooks Marlow went 3-for-4 as the Texas Longhorns defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-3, to win the non-conference series at the Metrodome. Texas (14-9) registered double-digit hits (11) for the second straight game.
Nathan Thornhill improved to 2-2 on the season after being staked to the early lead. Corey Knebel picked up his fourth save with two perfect innings in relief for the Longhorns.
Alec Crawford took the loss for Minnesota (14-11) after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings.
Weston Hall hit the first pitch of the game off Crawford off the glove of third baseman Ryan Abrahamson to reach first on the infield single. Designated hitter Matt Moynihan then moved Hall to second on the sacrifice, followed by Erich Weiss, who hit an RBI single to left center for the Longhorns’ first run.
Texas brought three across the plate in the second to build the 4-0 advantage. Alex Silver drew a walk to lead off the inning, advancing to second on C.J Hinojosa’s sacrifice. Ben Johnson then hit his first collegiate triple to left center to score Silver. Jacob Felts laid down a safety squeeze down the first base line to plate Johnson. Brooks Marlow singled to right with a fielding error by Kurt Schlangen getting him to second. Hall delivered his second hit of the game with the single to left for the fourth run.
With Hinojosa at second base in the fourth, Felts hit a grounder back to the mound, but DJ Snelten’s throw was off the mark as Hinojosa would score. Hall then hammered a double to left field as the Longhorns took the six-run lead.
Minnesota put together a rally in the seventh as Michael Handel led off with a double to center. Pinch-hitter Mark Tatera singled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Thornhill as a walk to Abrahamson loaded the bases. Ty Culbreth came in for Thornhill, but his first pitch hit Matt Halloran in the back to force in the Golden Gophers’ first run. After Ty Marlow came in for Culbreth, Troy Larson hit a fly ball to right as Mark Payton’s throw held the runners. Marlow then walked Connor Schaefbauer on four pitches for the second run as Andy Henkemeyer tallied the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.
Texas returns home to face Texas State on Tuesday (March 26) in a 6 p.m. game before resuming Big 12 play next weekend at Oklahoma State.