The Texas offense got off to a slow start against Baylor, not recording a hit until the fifth inning. However, outstanding pitching from senior Nathan Thornhill, who allowed only two hits and two walks over eight innings, allowed Texas to take control once their bats woke up, in a 4-0 victory to finish a weekend sweep of Baylor.
AUSTIN — Neither team recorded a hit until Baylor earned one of it’s three hits with a double in the fourth. Texas recorded their first hit and their first run in the fifth, when junior Brooks Marlow brought home Kacy Clemens with an RBI single.
Texas would put up three more runs in the fifth, when freshman catcher Tres Barrera brought home Zane Gurwitz and Ben Johnson with a hard RBI double to right center. The fourth and final Longhorn run came when senior Mark Payton scored off of a fielder’s choice by sophomore C.J Hinojosa.
Payton extended his streak of reaching base safely to 72 games off of a walk in the bottom of the third. Thornhill threw just over 100 pitches, and was helped by great defense throughout the day, facing just two more than the minimum. Texas coach Augie Garrido thought that the way his team played was something they should strive for most weekends.
“I think over the weekend was that we demonstrated there are three different ways to win a ball game,” Garrido said. “I think we have more balance in our lineup now and any part of that lineup can score runs. We really haven’t added anything that dramatic. We’re making more productive outs.”
He was also highly complimentary of his pitchers, as well as the rest of the team for their work this past weekend.
“I think the pitching was good all weekend and you’re not going to win without pitching,” he said. “We’ve got 32 guys in the locker room coming out here every day to win the game, and that’s what it takes.”
Thornhill said that part of the reason that the staff has done so well as of late is because they all learn something from each other.
“We all know that myself and the other three of us are pretty good pitchers,” Thornhill said. “I don’t think there’s any one up-ness. We all watch each other’s bullpens. We’re just a good starting pitching staff and we want to go out there and show it.”
As a senior, he thinks that this team has something he hasn’t seen in his time at Texas.
“This team is much different that the one we’ve had in the past,” Thornhill said.
Texas hosts the Rice Owls this Tuesday at 7.