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.
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
“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.”
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.