Peters pitches Longhorns to series-clinching win versus Hornets, 6-3

Sophomore Dillon Peters overcame his struggles

against the first few batters he faced to give Texas seven strong innings in

their series-clinching 6-3 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets Sunday. Five

Longhorns had multiple hits, including junior rightfielder Mark Payton,

who recorded the Horns’ first triple in the young season.
Peters’ first pitch of the game hit Hornet

rightfielder Nathan Lukes, and he walked the next batter; eventually Lukes

scored, but settled Peters settled in after the shaky start and allowed only

one more run.

“The first inning was a big inning,” head

coach Augie Garrido said. “If that exploded on him it would have been much more

difficult. The fact that he worked his way out of that was huge.”

The Longhorns supported Peters by scoring at

least one run in each of the first four innings. The first came as a result of

a single up the middle by Payton, scoring sophomore leftfielder Taylor Stell.

In the second inning, freshman shortstop C.J. Hinojosa scored on a single by junior

centerfielder Weston Hall; Hall later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Stell.

“We bunted a little more today than in the

first two games,” Garrido said. “The first two games I wanted to be sure to

pass on the message to the players that the hard work they’ve been doing with

the hitting is going to pay off.”

The other run allowed by Peters came via a

home run by designated hitter Chris Lewis, the homer of the year at UFCU

Disch-Falk Field. Peters eventually retired the side in order in his last two

innings of work.

“Anytime the pitcher sits on the bench and

watches the offense score runs he feels a lot more confident,” Garrido said.

“When they go out there thinking that they can’t give up a run all sorts of

things happen to them there.” The Horns’ final run came off the bat of

Hinojosa, who drove in junior catcher Jacob Felts from second base. “Our offense was hitting the ball all weekend

and our defense played pretty well,” Peters said. “We’re just happy we came

back and got that second win this weekend.”

Junior closer Corey Knebel came on in the

eighth to close out the game, allowing a home run before settling down to

finish the game. “My thoughts are that he did much better the

second time out,” Garrido said. “He doesn’t understand what happened Friday

night but he’s not gonna let it happen again. Today he was closer to the real

Corey Knebel.”

Texas plays the UT-Arlington Mavericks at home

at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Next weekend, the Big 10’s Nebraska Cornhuskers play a

three-game series at Disch-Falk. The Cornhuskers and the Horns last met in 2011

in a three-game series in Lincoln, NE.