The Texas Longhorns improved to 12-7 on a chilly Friday evening in Austin, defeating the Privateers of New Orleans 3-1 at Disch Falk Field. Texas starter Lucas Gordon improved to 2-0 on the season and pitched a solid six full innings, giving up just one unearned run and two hits.
Gordon was relieved by Arkansas transfer and junior Heston Tole, who pitched an efficient two innings and gave up no runs and no hits in his relief outing.
Redshirt junior Zane Morehouse picked up his second save of the season after giving up two singles in the Top 9th but struck out two and forced a popup to shortstop to end the game.
New Orleans scored their only run of the night in the first inning after a leadoff walk to Kasten Furr. Furr advanced to second base on a passed ball and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Bischke. Miguel Useche's flyout to center field allowed Furr to tag and score.
The Longhorns answered in the bottom first, also leading off with a walk to Eric Kennedy. Peyton Powell's single advanced Kennedy, and Dylan Campbell's fielder's choice advanced Kennedy to third but got the out at second (Powell). Campbell stole second base and Kennedy scored on Garret Guillemette's ground out to third. Porter Brown singled up the right side to score Campbell making the score 2-1 in favor of the Longhorns.
The 'Horns added a run in the third inning when Dylan Campbell reached home from third base on a failed pickoff attempt after leading the inning off with a single, his lone hit on the evening.
The Longhorns and Privateers will play game two at 2:30 PM at Disch Falk Field with Travis Stehle taking the mound for Texas.
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