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Longhorns take series opener against West Virginia, 5-2

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Cameron Cormier

Photo credit: Texas Baseball

Morgantown, WV -- The Texas Longhorns (33-16, 10-9) faced the West Virginia Mountaineers (27-17, 9-7) at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown, West Virginia for a weekend road series. Rainy weather in Morgantown postponed the first game and forced a doubleheader on Saturday. An outstanding performance from Ace Pete Hansen led the 'Horns to a series openening win.

A pitcher's duel dominated the majority of the game. Pete Hansen allowed only three hits through the first six innings while Mountaineer starter, Jacob Watters, struck out a West Virignia season high 15 batters through six.

A struggling start for both offenses showed only one run scored within the first four frames. A full count solo homer from Murphy Stehly sailed through center field to put the 'Horns on the board, 1-0.

Pitching continued to be the story until Ivan Melendez added to the Texas lead with a sixth inning solo homer to bring the lead to 2-0. Continuing into the seventh, a base hit and a series of walks loaded the bases for the 'Horns. A struggling Mountaineers' bullpen walked Austin Todd with the bases loaded, scoring Mitchell Daly. Melendez followed with a sacrifice flyout to right that drove in Faltine, bringing the Longhorns' lead to 4-0.

West Virignia responded with a 2-run homer from DH Dayne Leonard in which would be their only runs of the game.

Texas added some insurance in the eighth. A single from Ardoin followed by a sacrifice bunt from Messinger put Silas Ardoin in scoring position. Dylan Campbell then drove in Ardoin with an RBI double into the left center gap to give the Longhorns a final 5-2 lead.

GAME STATS:

Ivan Melendez: 1H, 1HR, 2RBI
Murphy Stehly: 1H, 1HR, 1RBI
Pete Hansen: 8.2IP, 8SO, 2ER




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