Texas was unable to get anything going in any facet of the game, while the Rice Owls were able to control all three of them in their 7-2 victory over Texas. Ben Johnson recorded Texas’ lone hit and RBI, while Lukas Schiraldi allowed seven earned on 4.1 innings.
AUSTIN — Texas’ first run came in the second inning when freshman Zane Gurwitz drove in senior Madison Carter with a fielder’s choice. The second and final run came off of Johnson’s bat when he drove in Gurwitz in the bottom of the fifth.
Rice’s offense came in single numbers in the second and third inning, with both being driven in with base hits. Then, the Owls offense exploded in the fifth, when they batted around and brought in five off of Schiraldi and sophomore Travis Duke.
Head coach Augie Garrido said that the Owls came into Austin with a strong attitude.
“I think that they came in with a must win attitude,” Garrido said. “This was a big game and a big challenge for them. They were ready and they hit balls hard.”
Garrido also said there’s a lot of pressure playing for Texas, and that Rice played a strong mental game.
“There’s no days off when you’re the Longhorns,” Garrido said. “I think we were satisfied with a lot of wins that we’ve had. We took a less than highly competitive frame of mind into the game. We didn’t do anything to take their pitcher out of rhythm.”
Garrido looked ahead to the weekend’s upcoming series against rival Oklahoma.
“I think that Oklahoma is always an exciting weekend in any sport,” he said. “It looks to me like the conference is going to be a dogfight right until the end.”