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Texas opens Austin Regional with 11-3 win over Air Force

HornSports Staff

(Photo: Texas Baseball)

Texas opened up postseason play at UFCU Disch Falk-Field Friday afternoon with bang, pounding out 12 hits and scoring 11 runs as the Longhorns defeated Air Force, 11-3.

Air Force sent ace Paul Skenes to the mound in hopes of an opening round upset, but the Longhorns made the right-hander throw 115 pitches in 4 innings. Skenes exited with the bases loaded and Texas leading 3-2 in the 4th, and the game was broken open shortly after his departure when Texas put 5 runs on the board. The Longhorns added some insurance in the 6th and 8th innings thanks to RBI double from Silas Ardoin and 2-run double from Austin Todd. 

Messinger led the way for the Texas offense, going 4 for 5 with 3 RBI's. 7 of the 9 starters for the Longhorns recorded a hit, with Todd extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Murphy Stehly added 3 hits of his own.

On the mound, Pete Hansen battled through 6.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5. Marcus Olivarez and Coy Cobb combined to throw 2.1 scoreless innings to close things out.

Texas will return to action tomorrow evening when they face the winner of Dallas Baptist vs Louisiana Tech. The Longhorns are expected to send LHP Lucas Gordon to the mound as they look to punch their ticket to the regional final. 


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