AUSTIN, Texas — David Pierce's Longhorns improved to 4-1 overall this season by knocking off Purdue in the first home game this year at Disch-Falk Field.
The final score was 7-2.
Sophomore pitcher Bryce Elder followed up last Friday's dominant season opening performance on the mound in Lafayette, LA with another impressive out against the Boilermakers.
In six innings, Elder only allowed one run, struck out six Boilermakers and walked one.
Cedar Park native Cole Quintanilla earned the save. Quintanilla pitched two shutout innings, striking out one Boilermaker.
Texas outfielder Eric Kennedy and infielder Bryce Reagan each had two hits off of Purdue. Meanwhile, Round Rock native Austin Todd plated a pair of Longhorn runs with a triple. Just like Todd, third baseman Ryan Reynolds played two Texas runs as well.
A seven run night for Texas on a night where the Longhorns were outhit by Purdue, 9-8.
Speaking of Reynolds, the big third baseman hustled after a foul ball in the sixth inning and contorted his body to make the catch as he stumbled into the wall.
Reynolds turned and zipped it to second base to gun down the Purdue baserunner. It was originally ruled a double play, but the umpire crew overturned that ruling after reviewing the play.
Also notable, Texas second baseman Masen Hibbeler entered the game 0 for 16 at the plate through four games. Hibbeler ended his hitless streak in the fifth inning.
Sixteenth-ranked Texas and Purdue will square off for a double-header on Saturday. First pitch of Game 2 is set for 1 p.m.
Game 3 is tentatively set for 4:30 p.m.
The series finale is scheduled for Sunday, with first pitch at 12:30 p.m.