Longhorns’ offense fizzles as Hornets grab 5-3 win; series ends Sunday

The Texas

Longhorns were unable to fend off the Sacramento State big inning, as they did

in the first game of the series, and they fell to the Hornets 5-3 Saturday in Austin. UT miscues in the infield and timely hitting by Sacramento State

gave Hornet pitcher Brennan Leitao the necessary support in limiting the

Longhorn bats to only two runs in the win.
Entering the

third inning tied at one, Sacramento State began their rally with a single by

right fielder Nathan Lukes. Another single by second baseman Andrew Ayers

brought up first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who hit an RBI double off of junior

pitcher Nathan Thornhill, giving the Hornets their first lead of the series.

Another two runs would be enough for Leitao to get the win. “When we got

behind 4-1, it shocked us and stunned us a little bit,” head coach Augie

Garrido said. “We started getting a little more conservative and got away from

our aggressive plan at the plate. We didn’t do anything to him to take him out

of his game. Today, their pitcher had a little better command than our

pitcher.” After three

and two thirds innings, Garrido replaced Thornhill with sophomore reliever

Cameron Cox. “It’s

definitely not what I wanted, but I know I have better stuff than what I showed

today,” Thornhill said. “I just need to keep pitching. I’m going to maintain my

confidence in that and keep preparing for the next outing.” Cox pitched

another three and one third innings, allowing only one run before being

replaced by freshman Travis Duke. “I like how

Cox and Duke performed,” Garrido said. “They came in and pitched their game.

That’s huge for us.” Duke allowed

only one hit in one and two thirds innings, throwing 18 of his 20 pitches for

strikes. The

Longhorns scored two more runs, one coming on a Matt Moynihan single that

scored sophomore infielder Codey McElroy, the other thanks to a Madison Carter

single that plated Erich Weiss. The Horns were retired by Hornet right hander

Sutter McLoughlin, who saved Leitao’s victory. Thornhill took the loss. Freshman

shortstop C.J Hinojosa recorded his second and third errors of the season in

Saturday’s game, the first resulting in the first Hornet run. “I just came

up too early and tried to get rid of it.” Hinojosa said. “I know I can make

those plays, I think I just try to get ahead of myself.” Garrido was

not concerned about Hinojosa’s or the team’s performance so far. “Give

(Hinojosa) some time before you jump on him,” Garrido said. “When you practice

for 18 days and play one game, it isn’t exactly a mature, experienced team at

this point. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a reality” The

Longhorns face the Hornets in the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Garrido named sophomore lefty Dillon Peters as the starter. Peters will face

right hander Zach Morgan.