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Horns Top New Mexico In Opener

No. 1 Texas opened the season in impressive fashion, getting a solid start from Taylor Jungmann, multi-hit games from Connor Rowe, Cameron Rupp and Tant Shepherd and a career-first home run from Kyle Lusson to beat New Mexico 6-2 at the Disch Friday.
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How Texas Won A solid performance by the Longhorn staff and some early

runs enabled Texas to coast to a season-opening, 6-2 victory over New Mexico.

The Longhorns touched up Lobos starter Rudy Jaramillo early

and often, plating three runs in the first with an RBI groundout from Kevin

Keyes and an RBI double to the wall in left field from Connor Rowe. The Horns

added another run in the second inning when Kyle Lusson connected for his first

career home run, a line drive shot over the wall in left centerfield. The

Longhorns chased Jaramillo in the 4th and tacked on two more when Cameron Rupp

logged his first hit of the season, a two-RBI line drive single into centerfield. MVP on the Mound

Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas

Jungmann finished last season with an 11-3 record and an ERA

of 2.00. On Friday against the Lobos he picked right up where he left off and

showed why many have tabbed him a pre-season All American. Jungmann pitched

seven strong innings, giving up one earned run, striking out seven and walking

only one. He pitched himself into some trouble in the 1st and 2nd innings but

was able to escape without giving up any runs both times.

Stayton Thomas also made his first appearance of the year

pitching a scoreless 8th inning.

And oh, by the way, Chance Ruffin made an appearance in the

ninth (although it wasn’t a save situation), giving up only one hit and closed

out the game with a strikeout. MVP at the Plate

We’re going to have to go with co-MVPs on this one. Connor Rowe, CF & Kyle Lusson, LF

Rowe got the Horns in gear early with his double to make the

score 3-0 and added two more singles finishing 3-4 at the plate. Rowe set the

tone early and there was no looking back for the Horns.

One of the big questions coming into this season was who was

going to step in to play the left field position. Well, the elder Lusson made a

strong statement with a sort of coming out party and if he continues to swing

the stick like he did Friday afternoon he could find himself with a starting

position for the rest of the season. He finished the day 2-3 at the plate,

including the first homer of his Texas career, with two runs scored and a

sacrifice bunt. Cameron Rupp also reached base three times with two singles

and a hit-by-pitch. Quotes

Head Coach Augie Garrido:

“This was probably the best first day we’ve had against a

quality pitching staff since I’ve been here.”

On Chance Ruffin as closer:

“He is our most fierce competitor. He is emotionally a

big-time winner. If the game is on the line he will do anything and everything

to win that game.”

LF Kyle Lusson on first career home run and focus for

season:

“It’s been a while but it felt great. I just wanted to get

back to basics and play like I was a kid again. I got a lot of reassurance from

my family. At this point it’s just all about confidence.”

Up Next

The Longhorns play New Mexico again Saturday at 2 p.m.

Brandon Workman is scheduled for the start. The Horns close out the series Sunday

at 1 p.m. Austin Dicharry is expected to take the mound for the finale.