In a minor milestone for head coach David Pierce, Texas matched their win total from 2016 in a Tuesday night 2-0 victory over Texas State.
Freshman third baseman Ryan Reynolds was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI, and sophomore DH Kody Clemens added the other run to complete the meager Texas scoring night. The Horns were bolstered by a five pitcher shutout, with freshman Blair Henley earning the win over five innings.
Texas grabbed their first run in the third when Clemens singled up the middle, scoring senior center fielder Zane Gurwitz.
The Longhorns put their second run across in the sixth inning. Senior first baseman Kacy Clemens reached on a fielder’s choice. Reynolds sent a double to left center, allowing for Clemens to score from first.
Freshman Blair Henley got the start and turned in an efficient outing. While his stuff was not spectacular, he only was in trouble one time in the second inning. Henley loaded the bases with nobody out, but assisted on the ensuing double play and putout to prevent any Bobcats from scoring. Henley threw five shutout innings allowing just four hits and two walks, striking out three.
Texas State was without head coach Ty Harrington this evening as he was serving a one-game suspension issued by the Sun Belt Conference for amassing three ejections this season.
The Bobcats would not threaten again until sophomore Chase Shugart took the hill in the seventh in relief of junior Connor Mayes. Shugart gave up two walks and a single to give Texas State their second bases loaded opportunity with no outs.
Like they did in the second, Texas State failed to bring home a run with the bases loaded and nobody out, as they were served a strikeout, a pop out and a line out by Shugart.
Shugart was relieved by junior Tyler Schimpf. Schimpf issued one walk and one strikeout in the eighth, his one inning of work. Sophomore Beau Ridgeway earned the save, only allowing one single in the final frame.
“We just got a great start from Blair Henley,” Pierce said. “Thought his command was really good, his stuff was really good. He was able to pitch out of some trouble so we pushed him up to about 73 pitches and he pitched on Friday so it was a perfect outing for him. We got good bullpen relief. To get a shutout against a team as good as Texas State, that is a great accomplishment.”
Reynolds’ RBI double and solid defense boosted Texas to victory, but he said the head coach helped him improve his bat before Tuesday’s game.
“Coach Pierce came up and just told me to not swing as hard as I can,” Reynolds said. “He actually came into the cages with us and was showing us how to do it, me and David. It was fun. Just take about 75 to 80 percent on our swings, not try to muscle it and just drive it, let it happen.”
Texas is off of Big 12 play and takes on the University of New Orleans this weekend.