Late heroics push UT past ORU, 4-3

The Texas

Longhorns defeated the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 4-3 on Tuesday, thanks to an

eighth inning single by junior outfielder Weston Hall. Junior closer Corey Knebel

worked one and one third of an inning to earn his first win of the season.
Texas scored

early in the game when shortstop C.J Hinojosa drove home junior outfielder Mark

Payton from third on a groundout in the second inning. The Horns scored again

in the fifth when Mark Gottsacker, in his first start of the season, drove in

junior catcher Jacob Felts with a sacrifice fly. The third Longhorn run came in

the sixth inning, when junior designated hitter Matt Moynihan beat out a fielder’s

choice at second off the bat of Felts to allow Payton to score. Freshman Chad

Hollingsworth allowed two hits on four innings of work, earning a no decision.

Freshman Toller Boardman recorded his best outing of the season so far,

allowing only one hit in his one inning of work. Junior Josh Urban also

performed well in his fourth appearance of the season. Payton kept

his fast start going with a pair of triples. Payton also recorded two outfield

assists, doubling up a Golden Eagle twice on flyouts. Knebel

allowed the Golden Eagles to tie the game in the top of the eighth when a

triple by Tyler Boss scored two runs. Knebel retired the next batter, then

returned to normal form in the ninth when he struck out the side. Head coach

Augie Garrido was not concerned about Knebel’s early struggles, as he joked it

was Knebel’s turn put a number in a different column. “I guess

(Corey) was finally tired of getting saves all of these years so he set himself

up for a win,” Garrido said. “He went right after it in the ninth inning and

got back in his groove.” Garrido also

spoke about his team’s all around performance. “We had a lot

of opportunities and I think we played a very good defensive game,” Garrido

said. “We didn’t do anything defensively that gave them bases or extra outs,

which is what we are always trying to do. We had some clutch hits. All in all

it was a good college baseball game.” Garrido also

complemented the defensive work of his two middle infielders, Hinojosa and

freshman second baseman Brooks Marlow. “It was the

difference in the game,” Garrido said. “Brooks made a great catch (over the

shoulder). (Brooks) is playing very well defensively and starting to hit. If we

can get him performing at a consistent level, it will just add another thing to

this team.” Texas begins

conference play at home this Friday against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Sophomore Parker French will get the start on Friday at 6 p.m.