With a 3-1 loss to New Mexico Sunday, No. 1 Texas opened the 2010 baseball with a series loss, dropping two of three to the Lobos at the Disch over the weekend.
How Texas Lost
Both teams had steady pitching, both teams got runners in scoring position, just one got its hits at the right time.
New Mexico beat Texas, 3-1, to take the Sunday game and a season-opening series win over the Longhorns.
The first sign of trouble for the Horns came in the top of the fourth when New Mexico’s Max Willett singled up the middle and Kenny Held followed it up with a double high off the center field wall to score his teammate from first.
Texas answered two innings later. With runners on the corner, Connor Rowe slapped a single to left field to bring home Kevin Keyes and tie the game up at one.
But that’s all Texas would get done at the plate for the rest of the afternoon. It was game of near-misses for Texas, with several fly balls making it to the warning track but no further and several hard hits nearly sneaking through.
New Mexico would respond in each of the next two innings, scoring on a pair of RBI singles. There were no fireworks, no big homeruns. New Mexico just played methodical baseball and put its runners in position to score.
The only fireworks came from Texas assistant Tommy Harmon, who was tossed from the game at the end of eighth for screaming at umpire Terry Richards after DH Russell Moldenhaur went down looking on strikes.
The Horns came close in the ninth, putting a pair of runners on base with only one out. But a strikeout of PH Jordan Weymouth and a groundout from SS Brandon Loy put an end to the Texas rally.
MVP on the Mound – Mike Lachapelle, LHP, New Mexico
Lachappelle (1-0) got the win after giving up just one run over his six innings pitched. Lachapelle did give up seven hits, the same number as Texas starter Austin Dicharry (0-1), but only one of LaChapelle’s runners crossed the plate. Honorable mention goes to Lobo RHP Edwin Carl, who came in after LaChapelle and gave up no hits during his two and a third on the mound.
MVP at the Plate – Kenny Held, RF, New Mexico
Held did strikeout twice, but he was also the timeliest hitter, knocking in an RBI in each of his other two play appearances. Honorable mention goes to Willett, who was the runner on both of Held’s RBI.
Coach Augie Garrido
“These two losses, which are surprising and disappointing, are at the same time revealing. They reveal we need to continue to work on our competitive attitude, our consistency toward the fundamentals of the game and continue to sacrifice for each other so we can pick each other up.”
1B Tant Shepherd
“You can’t dwell on this; you’ve got to take it as it is. We’ve got a huge game against DBU (Dallas Baptist) on Tuesday and we’ve got to look forward to that one, not look past it to Stanford. We’ve got to move on. Every day is a new day.” P Austin Dicharry, if the losses are surprising
“You want to win, but you can’t win ’em all. Baseball’s a funny game. You’ve just got to do you best out there and hope you come out on top.”
C Cameron Rupp, if the losses are surprising
“Absolutely. It’s a disappointment and it’s real surprising, but you can’t take anything away from (New Mexico). They came out ready to play and they hit the ball a lot better than we did. When they had a man in scoring position they got the run in and we didn’t. Just a lot of small things we could have done to win ball games we could have done that we didn’t do.”
The Longhorns host Dallas Baptist Tuesday for a midweek game at the Disch with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m. Central. Then the Horns host the Stanford Cardinal for a weekend series. First pitch on Friday is also set for 3:00 p.m.