Baseball

Weiss, Hinojosa clutch for UT in 9th as Longhorns clip Cornhuskers, 4-3

There was no

letdown for head coach Augie Garrido after Friday’s milestone victory, as the

Texas Longhorns defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 4-3 thanks to a walk-off

single by freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa. Freshman pitcher Chad Hollingsworth

earned the victory after pitching a perfect one-third of an inning in the top

of the ninth, and Dylan Vogt took the loss for the Huskers.
Texas took

the lead early in the game thanks to a RBI double in the second inning by

sophomore first-baseman Codey McElroy, a shot that drove in junior catcher

Jacob Felts. Texas scored again in the third inning when a sacrifice bunt by

junior right-fielder Mark Payton plated sophomore leftfielder Taylor Stell.

Texas scored in the seventh with a bases-loaded walk to Payton that scored

junior centerfielder Weston Hall. Sophomore

pitcher Dillon Peters delivered another solid outing, going six innings,

allowing two runs on six hits, striking out four. “We just go

out there with the same game plan, to pound the zone, let the defense work, and

pitch to contact,” Peters said. “Today I was fortunate enough to have good

plays behind me.” Peters said

that help from the previous starter, sophomore Parker French, as well as Felts,

helped him beat the Huskers. “Learning

from [French] last night, we just knew fastballs would beat them constantly,”

Peters said. “I

just tried to command the zone, and our game plan worked today.” Nebraska

scored their first run of the game in the fifth off a double by designated

hitter Bryan Peters that scored centerfielder Austin Darby. The Huskers scored once

in both the seventh and eighth to tie the game at three. Junior

second baseman Erich Weiss began the final frame with a double; junior Cohl

Walla then ran for Weiss. The Huskers intentionally walked Payton, which

brought up Hinojosa. Before he settled in, Garrido called time in order to talk

to his young hitter. “My mindset

was just go up there and clear my head,” Hinojosa said. “Augie calmed me down.

I just went up there with a clear mind and had fun with it.” Hinojosa

lined a single up the middle that Walla scored on standing up, sealing a series

victory for the Longhorns. Garrido gave credit to the Huskers for keeping it

close. “They played

a fearless game,” Garrido said. “You have to win these types of close games to

give the team confidence and support that they can build on.” Garrido was

also proud of his team for winning such a tight game. “Every time

you lose, it is a blow to your confidence,” Garrido said. “So every time that

you win one of this games, it is support to the fact that if you keep learning from

the things that can go wrong you can become better and better, but it takes a

lot of confidence, willpower, and trust.”