Longhorns cap sweep of Cornhuskers behind strong Thornhill pitching, 2-0

The Texas Longhorns’

2-0 victory Sunday over the Nebraska Cornhuskers clinched the first weekend

sweep of the 2013 season, as junior pitcher Nathan Thornhill stymied the Husker

bats. Thornhill allowed only two hits in seven innings of work, and junior

closer Corey Knebel pitched two perfect innings to save the shutout.

put last week’s poor start behind him, not allowing a hit until the top of the

third. He said that assistant coach Skip Johnson helped him this week during

practice to focus on attacking the strike zone. “[Johnson]

kinda got on me in my bullpen this week,” Thornhill said. “He said I wasn’t

being me and I need to go back to attacking the mitt like I had in the past.” Thornhill

recorded 10 ground ball outs in his seven innings of work, walking one and

striking out three. “We kept the

fastball down and they hit a lot of ground balls,” Thornhill said. “Throughout

the whole series that’s what I noticed. Keep the fastball down and let your

defense work.” Head coach

Augie Garrido was very happy with his starter’s performance. “We’re very

pleased to see Thornhill pitch aggressively in the strike zone,” Garrido said.

“He had command of what he was doing out there. He kept a great tempo, made it

easy for the defense to play behind him.” Garrido was

also very complementary of his team’s defensive play. “The

defensive player did not take offensive problems to the defensive side of the

game,” Garrido said. “They played very well all weekend. You can see that when

they’re getting good jumps and making reasonably difficult plays look routine.” Both teams’

bats were held silent until the home half of the fourth, when sophomore left

fielder Taylor Stell scored on a double by junior right fielder Mark Payton

after having been hit by a pitch. Texas’ only other run would come in the

sixth, when an RBI single by junior catcher Jacob Felts brought Payton home. “We put

together some quality at bats and quality innings,” Payton said. “It’s a big

boost every day you win. Big confidence booster going into Tuesday and

especially going into Stanford.” Garrido said

that he was not concerned about his team’s slow offensive start to the season. “Over the

first series of games the luck factor has not been with us,” Garrido said.

“We’ve had to earn every run we got. You’ve got to learn how to win games with

no help from the opponent.” Texas hosts

the Sam Houston State Bearkats this Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Horns then take their

first road trip of the season to face Mark Appel and the Stanford Cardinal for

a weekend series in Palo Alto, CA.