Though Texas State hitters slammed University of Texas starting pitcher Brandon Workman Tuesday night in Austin, the depth of a national contender’s pitching staff prevailed, leading the Longhorns to a 12-2 victory.
The loss for Texas State snapped a 12-game winning streak, during which the Bobcats scored 139 runs.
The Bobcats scored two runs in the first two innings and still spent the whole night battling uphill because the Longhorns were even more prolific against Texas State starter Garret Carruth. The Horns nailed Carruth for five runs in 3 2/3 innings, which proved to be plenty enough.
Texas State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Keith Prestridge singled in Tyler Sibley from second base. After the Longhorns took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Brandon Belt, the Bobcats tied the game in the top of the second when Sibley singled in Ben Theriot from third. But Texas took the lead for good with two runs in their half of the second inning.
The Longhorns then removed Workman in favor of reliever Slaton Thomas, who shut down the Bobcats with five shutout innings of three-hit baseball. By the time Thomas left after the seventh inning, the Longhorns had increased their advantage to 7-2.
Texas scored twice in two relief innings by Texas State’s Tyler Brundridge. Then, the Longhorns scored at least one run against each of four other Texas State relievers, none of whom lasted for as long as one inning.
The Longhorns, ranked No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball, improved their overall record to 31-11-1. The Bobcats, ranked No. 26, fell to 31-11.
Texas State hadn’t scored fewer than four runs in a game since an 8-1 loss at Lamar on March 20, which followed a 22-17 loss at Baylor on March 18.
The Bobcats will return to action this weekend with their annual split-site series against Texas-San Antonio. The opener will take place Friday at Bobcat Field (6 p.m.). The remaining two games will take place in San Antonio Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).Email | Print