Parker French delivered another outstanding outing on Friday against Hawaii, going 7.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, striking out six, and walking one. A single in the eighth inning by senior Jacob Felts scored senior Mark Payton, allowing Texas to take the lead they would not lose, 3-2.
AUSTIN — Texas started out rocky in the first inning, with an error by Kacy Clemens on the first batter of the game. French would walk another, then allow two RBI singles to give the Rainbow Warriors a 2-0 lead. Those two runs would be the only runs that French would allow, as he would retire 19-of-21 from the first inning on.
Texas would get two back in the fourth, when Felts began the inning with a triple to left-center. A double by freshman Andy McGuire would score Felts, and McGuire would score later on a single by junior Collin Shaw.
Felts would be responsible for the go-ahead run, when the Texas rally began with a single by Payton. C.J Hinojosa sacrificed him over, followed by a Clemens walk to put runners on first and second. Felts would come through with a single to right, and Payton was forced to avoid the tag by the Hawaii catcher, going back to touch the plate to score.
Head coach Augie Garrido was proud of his team for sticking with their offensive approach against such a tough Hawaii pitcher.
“We never really came apart at the plate,” Garrido said. “We stayed with our approach at the plate.”
Garrido also touched on how well his defense played tonight, and how that effects his pitcher’s mentality.
“Pitching and defense has been our game for a long time,” Garrido said. “It wins games at that level. They’ve proven they don’t have to be perfect to win the game.”
French also touched on how well his stuff was working after the first inning.
“I just kind of got into a groove,” he said. “I got more competitive. I thought I was mentally weak in the first and let some things affect me.”
He also said that his defense was pivotal in this game.
“They made some amazing plays and it helped me,” French said. “We scratched a few runs across and that’s why we won.” Texas and Hawaii play a doubleheader tomorrow, with the first outing a seven-inning game beginning at 12pm.