Texas bats came out early for the second straight game and the Horns led for eight innings, but the mistakes added up and they lost it in the ninth. The Longhorns dropped to 1-1 on the season after the 6-5 decision.
How the Lobos Won
New Mexico got to Longhorn starter Brandon Workman early with a two-run homer in the first and did just enough to keep themselves within striking distance for the rest of the game. Texas’ closer Chance Ruffin was unable to log the two-inning save, giving up two runs in the top of the ninth.
Augie Garrido – “They were very consistent and very competitive throughout the game. We became less competitive. We lost focus and became disoriented“.
MVP on the Mound
New Mexico relief
Kenny Toves and Austin House combined to toss 7.2 scoreless innings after the Longhorns showed the Lobos starter an early exit. The Horns put some runners on base against these two but were unable to come up with the big hit when they needed it.
Longhorn starter Brandon Workman found himself in trouble in almost every inning he pitched this afternoon but he was able to get some big outs in tough spots and left the game with a one run lead. Stayton Thomas and Andrew McKirahan combined for a scoreless 7th inning.
Chance Ruffin entered in the 8th for his first save opportunity of the season and cruised through his first inning of work, striking out two and inducing a weak pop out to first base. The 9th, however, wasn’t so kind. After striking out the 1st hitter he gave up a longball to Justin Howard which tied the game. The Lobos strung together two singles and an error by Ruffin on a ground ball loaded the bases with one out. They took the lead on a sacrifice fly to left field and the ninth ended with New Mexico on top for the first time since the 1st inning.
The Longhorns were unable to make a push in the 9th, going down in order to end the game.
MVP at the Plate
Longhorn 1st innings??
For the second straight day the Longhorns came out and got the bats working early, scoring four runs in the 1st inning. They’ve scored seven runs in the first inning in two games this season.
Brandon Loy got things going with one out in the bottom half of the 1st with a bloop single into center. Junior catcher Cameron Rupp followed with a liner into left and Russell Moldenhauer hit a grounder to the SS for what looked like a sure double play, but the second baseman made an error on the catch. Everyone was safe and Loy scored as the ball rolled towards the mound. Kevin Keyes popped out and with two outs Connor Rowe cranked a double to the wall in left centerfield, tying up the ballgame. Kevin Lusson gave the Horns a 4-2 lead with a two-run RBI single into right.
Unfortunately, they only scored one more the rest of the way and made several mental mistakes that cost them baserunners. This seemed to be the primary concern of the players and Head Coach Augie Garrido.
The Longhorns will close out their opening weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m. CST. Austin Dicharry is expected to take the mound at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Longhorn catcher Cameron Rupp on team’s performance:
“We settled. We thought after winning yesterday and that first inning, it was going to be good enough. We have to finish. We just didn’t finish today and Coach talked about that after the game.”
On homerun off Ruffin:
“New Mexico is a great hitting team. The ball he hit off Chance was a low slider. He hit it off his shoetops”.
Longhorn closer Chance Ruffin:
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself and it’s really fun being in the high pressure situations. I thought I had my good stuff out there today. When you have a bad game you’re always going to want to come back and do well the next day.”