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Austin, TX -- The Texas Southern Tigers (24-21) made their way from Houston to Disch-Falk Field for a midweek matchup with the Texas Longhorns (36-17, 11-10). The Tigers came into the game with the number one scoring offense in Division I Baseball with a 9.5 run average. But the pitching from the 'Horns kept the Tigers in check...
The Texas offense came out of the gate blitzing, setting the tone early for a dominating performance. The first four hits in the first inning all came home, started by a lead-off double from Douglas Hodo III, followed by an RBI single from Austin Todd who was driven in by a 2-run homer from Silas Ardoin.
The Longhorns kept the momentum flowing in the second inning with a trio of doubles that knocked in two runs. Trey Faltine led-off with a double into the left center gap, followed by an RBI double from Ivan Melendez to drive in Trey Faltine. Murphy Stehly continued with another RBI double that brought in Melendez to tally the Longhorns' lead to 6-0.
The Tigers fought back in the third with a single and double followed by a dropped strikeout that forced a throw to first. Reuben Bennevendo of Texas Southern was able to beat the throw back home to put the first run on the board for the Tigers.
Texas enjoyed a five-run fourth inning that featured the entire lineup. Hodo led off with a single up the middle, followed by walks to Todd and Melendez that loaded the bases. Stehly notched his third hit and RBI of the game with a single to left that scored Hodo. Ardoin followed with a full count, 2-RBI double that drove in Todd and Melendez. With runners on the corners, Skyler Messinger knocked a 2-RBI single to left center to bring in Stehly and Ardoin, forcing an 11-1 Texas lead.
The 'Horns were cruising and entered the seventh with a 10-run lead. With the game seemingly at an end due to the run rule being, a two out double landed the Tigers on base. Bennevendo, who was responsible for Texas Southern's lone run on the evening, added to his night with an RBI double that extend the game to a full nine innings.
Skyler Messinger finalized the 12-2 victory for the 'Horns with an eighth inning solo shot out of left field.
The Longhorns tied a season high for doubles in a game with seven, reaching that mark in just four innings.
David Pierce's team will enjoy a much-needed week of rest before returning to Disch-Falk Field against Sam Houston on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM. That game will air on Longhorn Network
Silas Ardoin: (2-3) 4RBI, 1HR
Skyler Messinger: (4-5) 3RBI, 1HR
Murphy Stehly: (3-3) 3RBI