The Longhorns travelled west to Fullerton, California to face the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a three game series that began on Friday evening. The home of the Titans is familiar to Texas fans, as former head coach Augie Garrido coached in Fullerton for almost 20 years and won three national championships there.
The Longhorns fell behind early to the Titans, following Cole Urman's solo home run in the second inning. Texas evened the score in their next at-bat with Peyton Powell's homer to right field.
The fourth inning saw the Texas bats come alive.
Jack O'Dowd got things started with a single to right field. Mitchell Daly bunted successfully and moved O'Dowd to second. Peyton Powell then ripped a single up the middle, scoring O'Dowd and giving the Longhorns a 2-1 lead. Tanner Carlson's single to right field and scored Daly. Carlson and Powell both scored on Eric Kennedy's triple into right field.
The Longhorns led 5-1 after four and a half innings, but the Titans would answer in their half of the frame scoring four runs of their own to even things at 5-5.
Things remained quiet until the bottom of the 8th inning when Cole Urman led off with a double to center field. Urman then ended up scoring on a wild pitch by Chris Stuart to give the Titans a 6-5 lead.
Texas went out in order in the Top 9th en route to a 6-5 loss in the series opener to the Titans.
Texas starting pitcher Lucas Gordon pitched 3.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits before being pulled and replaced by DJ Burke. David Shaw (0-1) took the loss for the Longhorns and Fynn Chester (2-0) picked up the win for Cal State Fullerton.
The Longhorns ended the evening with five runs on ten hits and one ejection - Tanner Carlson was ejected for arguing a questionable interference call at second base that would have given Texas the go-ahead run in the 5th inning.
Game two will take place at 7:00 PM on Saturday and will see RHP Zane Morehouse (1-0, 4.00) face Cal State Fullerton RHP Trevor Hinkel (0-1, 9.35).
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