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Jameson McCausland

Texas overcomes early deficit to defeat Baylor, 9-5

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Despite falling behind 4-0, the Texas offense battled back and the Longhorns were able to pull out a 9-5 win over Baylor in the series opener. It was a rough night for starting pitcher Nolan Kingham, but the bullpen stringed together 7 solid innings, allowing a single run and keeping the game within reach until the Texas offense put together a 4 run 5th inning to take the lead. Here are some thoughts, news and notes from a wild game 1.

 

  • As mentioned above, it was not a good night for starter Nolan Kingham, who lasted 2+ plus innings, failing to record an out in the 3rd. Kingham allowed 7 hits, 4 runs (2 earned) and walked 1. The right-hander has now had back-to-back rough outings, and head coach David Pierce said the team will need their ace to bounce back. While his velocity was okay, Baylor seemed to have a good plan of attack, hunting his fastball early in counts.
  • The play of the game came on the defense for the Longhorns. Following Kingham’s exit, Baylor loaded the bases with 0 outs. After a comebacker to the mound resulted in an out at home, Matt Whalen got TJ Raguse to ground a ball back up the middle. The ball hit off the mound and somehow was hauled in by David Hamilton, who flipped the ball to Kody Clemens to start a 6-4-3 double play to help Texas escape the jam unharmed.
  • Aside from Hamilton and Jake McKenzie, every Longhorn starter recorded at least one hit. Zach Zubia collected 2 hits, both of which came off the bat at 100+ MPH. Duke Ellis finished 4 for 4 in the 9 hole and continues to impress with each game after struggling to start the season.
  • After going 3 seasons without a victory, Parker Joe Robinson earned his 2nd win of the week on the mound. The side-arming right-hander threw 2 innings of relief, with the only blemish being a solo home run by Richard Cunningham, who finished the game 4 for 5 with 2 home runs. Robinson’s season ERA now sits at 1.69, and his role in the bullpen seems to be growing.
  • David Pierce has spoken multiple times this season about his desire to see his team play for one another, and Texas seems to be showing it on the field. Pierce spoke after the game about how the team knew they needed to pick up their starting pitcher and how there was never a sense of panic in the dugout.
  • Tate Shaw is quietly having himself a heck of a season. It has been extremely impressive to see his bat at the top of the order and how he controls the zone well, hits to all fields and gets on base.


 

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