Stanford avoids Texas sweep, 11-5

Big rallies in the second and sixth inning by the Cardinal pushed Stanford past Texas in the final game of the series, 11-5. Junior Lukas Schiraldi took the loss in his home debut, going two innings and giving up five earned runs, and Texas coach Augie Garrido was ejected in the third inning for arguing with the first base umpire about a balk.
AUSTIN — Stanford scored four in the second, with three coming from a bases clearing triple off the bat of Wayne Taylor. They scored one in the third off of Duke’s balk, and Garrido came out of the dugout highly animated. “[The umpire] said that he didn’t pause,” Garrido said. “When you have the bases loaded, what advantage are you gaining if you don’t pause?”

Garrido said that part of the reason he was ejected for the first time this year was for his team.

“I want to players to know I’m going to fight for them,” he said. “That was so they know the coaches are fighting of them.”

Senior Mark Payton said that the ejection was an important thing for this team in the young season.

“I’m thankful that he did that,” Payton said. “It’s the biggest thing, that we all trust each other.” Texas scored its first run in the fifth when freshman outfielder Zane Gurwitz singled, scoring Ben Johnson. However, Stanford opened up their lead again when two doubles and a home run brought in five.

Texas would respond in the bottom half when Gurwtiz brought home two with a single, and scored when Brooks Marlow brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Gurwitz would score later off of a wild pitch, which wrapped the evening’s scoring for the Longhorns.

The bullpen pitched seven innings today, with appearances from Duke, Chad Hollingsworth, Josh Sawyer, Ty Culbreth, Blake Goins and Justin Peters. John Hochstatter received the win for the Cardinal, his first of the season.

The game ended in after the bottom of the eighth, as both teams agreed previously for no inning to begin after 4:15 due to Stanford’s travel schedule. Garrido said that even though the scoreboard showed a large deficit, it came down to two big plays.

“We can think ‘what a tragic loss,’” Garrido said. “In reality, both teams played nearly the same game. The difference in the two teams was a triple with the bases loaded and a home run to left field.”

Garrido also discussed in important factor as to why his team struggled today, but also said that he’s not worried about this game.

“We didn’t sustain a rally with the bases loaded,” he said. “I think they’re a championship type team. I think that speaks well for us, too.”

Payton extended his hitting streak going 1-for-2 with three walks. Payton said that the next step for the team is the next game.

“They got a couple big hits and that put five runs on the board for them,” he said. “We played well all weekend, we’re happy with where we’re at, and were going to come out and work tomorrow and get ready for Tuesday.”

Texas plays UT-Pan American this Tuesday, with first pitch at 4:30.