Junior Lukas Schiraldi continued to dominate on Tuesdays, allowing only one hit as he earned what was head coach Augie Garrido’s 1894th career win, the most in college baseball history at any level.
AUSTIN — Mark Payton continued his torrid pace going 3-for-4 with an RBI, and sophomore Ben Johnson blasted Texas’ first home run at home this season in a 5-1 victory over the Texas State Bobcats.
Texas began its offensive night in the first thanks to a fielder’s choice off the bat of junior Collin Shaw. Freshman Tres Barrera then continued to stay hot with an RBI single that brought home Payton.
Texas scored two more in the next inning thanks to a Payton sacrifice fly that scored freshman Kacy Clemens. The next batter was sophomore C.J Hinojosa, who came feet from putting the ball in the left field bullpen with his double that brought Brooks Marlow to the plate.
The Longhorns capped of their scoring with a bang in the fourth, as Ben Johnson hit his second home run of the season, both coming against Texas State.
Schiraldi would retire the first seven batters of the game before allowing the first and only hit of his seven inning outing. Schiraldi struck out a season high five and walked three on 95 pitches. He was relieved in the eighth by sophomore Travis Duke, who allowed the Bobcats’ only run on a sacrifice fly. Freshman Morgan Cooper relieved Duke, and recorded perfect ninth to close it out.
Garrido was quick to praise all the people who helped him reach this milestone.
“Out of respect for everyone, all the players over all the years, and all the people I’ve worked with, I must stand in front of you and say this means a lot to me,” Garrido said. “The players play the games. The rest of us, we’re all supporting the players in different roles.”
Garrido was quick to note that this game was special and his team played well, but that the next game is just as important as this one was.
“They came out and hit the ball hard,” Garrido said. “They’ve been lighting it up for about two weeks now. We’ve got to win again tomorrow.”
Garrido also focused on his hurler who gave him the record-setting victory.
“He’s the best Tuesday night pitcher in college baseball,” Garrido said. “He’s got an electric fastball, a very good curveball and he’s not afraid to attack the catcher’s mitt.”
Schiraldi was excited to be a part of this game, and was complimentary of his defense.
“I’m extremely happy for him,” Schiraldi said. “I just had fun with it, and I do that every week. I know the guys behind me are going to play and get the ball and I let them make the plays.”
Texas travels to Lubbock this weekend to take on Texas Tech in a conference matchup.