After two rough weekends in a row, the Longhorns needed to refresh and get a solid win over a team they could beat. They were given Monday off in the hopes that they would prepare themselves for the important two weeks ahead. It paid off, as Texas took care of the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 6-3.
AUSTIN — Lukas Schiraldi earned his sixth victory of the season, throwing six innings, allowing three earned, walking two, and striking out a career-high eight. Ty Culbreth, Morgan Cooper, and John Curtiss combined for three scoreless innings of relief, with Curtiss earning his seventh save of the season.
Texas jumped ahead early when catcher Tres Barrera grounded out in the first inning, allowing Ben Johnson to score. Texas would score again in the second inning when senior Madison Carter safety squeezed home Collin Shaw. Texas would score three more in the third, beginning when sophomore shortstop C.J Hinojosa doubled to center, scoring Johnson and Mark Payton. Freshman Kacy Clemens would then ground out to third, scoring Barrera. Prairie View would did not go out without a fight, when in the sixth inning they scored three off of a bases-clearing triple with two outs. Schiraldi would retire the last batter to get out of the jam and hold on to the lead.
Texas would put up one more run in the bottom of the eighth when Marlow singled to bring home Alex Silver, who came in to replace Clemens. In the second inning, Clemens and a Panther runner collided on a play at first. An errant Schiraldi throw forced Clemens to jump, and both runners bumped shins on the play. After the game, Texas coach Augie Garrido said that it was not a knee or ankle injury, and that he expected Clemens to be fine. Garrido also said that Schiraldi gave an outstanding effort. “I think from our point of view the story line is a much healthier and much improved lukas Schiraldi,” Garrido said. “He gave us five really solid innings.” Garrido also talked about where the team really worked on points of emphasis. “We showed patience,” he said. “We showed focus, and we showed energy.” Johnson said that the day off the coaches provided really helped the team out. “We took a day off yesterday and we really needed that after the past two weekends,” Johnson said. “It was nice to play again today.” He also talked about how the work in the off-season really helped them be able to bounce back all season. “We worked on all off-season being mentally tough,” he said. “That falls under the category of not getting frustrated when things aren’t going our way.” Texas travels to West Virginia this weekend for a Big 12 road series.