Longhorns use big bats to complete sweep of UCSB Gauchos, 11-6

The Texas

Longhorns scored 10+ runs for the first time all season on Sunday and defeated

the University of California-Santa Barbara Gauchos 11-6. Freshman outfielder

Ben Johnson led the charge, going 4-for-4, ending up a triple shy of the

cycle. Sophomore Cameron Cox earned his first collegiate win in one and one-third

innings of work.
The scoring

began when Johnson hit a leadoff home run to right field. Replays showed the ball

hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play, but the umpires stuck with

the original call to give Texas the early lead. Texas scored again in the first

when freshman catcher Jeremy Mantalbano drove in junior infielder Erich Weiss. Texas scored

another pair of runs in the third when freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa drove in

Weiss with an RBI single. Junior infielder Madison Carter then brought home Mark

Payton with an RBI single. The Horns

put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth, capped off by Montalbano’s home

run. Texas scored one run in the seventh and another in the eighth to finish

the game with a season-high 11 runs. Head coach Augie Garrido said he was impressed

by the Horns’ offensive and defensive output in the game. “Offensively,

it was our best game of the year,” Garrido said. “This was the most consistent

27 innings of the season, where we competed from inning to inning, pitch to

pitch.” Junior

starter Nathan Thornhill went four innings and allowed one run in a no

decision. Junior closer Corey Knebel finished the game on the mound. Garrido was

quick to praise Johnson on his big game. “He has been

working for his start for a long time,” Garrido said. “He hits like that in

practice. It’s not an accident. He really is a good hitter.” Johnson was

also very excited about his performance. “It’s one of

those days where you are seeing the ball well,” Johnson said. “It looked like a

beach ball. I took advantage of the opportunity.” Texas plays

Oral Roberts at home on Tuesday at the UFCU-Disch Falk Field, followed by a visit

from the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the first Big XII series of the season.