The Texas Longhorns beat Texas Christian University, 6-0, Tuesday evening in Austin. The mid-week win improves the Horns to 21-8 overall (6-6 in conference play) and snaps the Horned Frogs’ four-game win streak.
“This game was a step forward ,” said head coach Augie Garrido. “We are hitting hard, playing smart, being aggressive on base and sustaining rallies.”
Freshman righty Austin Dicharry (3-1) led the pitching staff, giving up only three hits while retiring five batters in four innings of middle relief to get the win. He leads freshman with eight appearances on the mound this season.
“It definitely gets a little easier and I’m more comfortable each time,” Dicharry said. “But I just come in to throw relief and throw strikes.”
Texas struck first as Connor Rowe led off the third inning with a double to left center and advanced to third on a bunt single by Travis Tucker. Michael Torres plated Rowe with a single to put Texas on the board with no outs. Senior Taylor Cragin took over on the mound for TCU but Texas’s bats didn’t seem to notice. First baseman Brandon Belt, still sporting a bruise on his eye from a botched bunt in batting practice last week, put his own bruise on the ball and knocked in Tucker to put the Horns up by two.
A double play followed by a pop out to shallow right field from Tant Shepherd put Texas back on defense, but not for long – the Horned Frogs fell one-two-three in the top half of the fourth.
With catcher Cameron Rupp on base from a lead-off single, sophomore Kevin Keyes went yard on a 2-2 pitch that gave Texas another pair of runs and set off a rally that saw five batters notch four hits and three RBI, the last of which put Texas up 5-0.
In the fifth, DH Russell Moldenhauer drew a lead-off walk and advanced around the bags on consecutive ground outs by Shepherd and Rupp. Kevin Keyes’ big bat pulled through one more time to plate Moldenhauer and give Texas an insurance run.
“The team chemistry and mindset is great right now and exactly what we need going into the rest of the season,” Keyes said.
Cole Green started on the mound for Texas and put in two innings of work before passing things off to Dicharry. Stayton Thomas, Taylor Jungmann and Brandon Workman followed up to help shut down the Horned Frogs and log Texas’ sixth shutout of the season.
TCU starter Greg Holle was saddled with the loss for giving up four hits and two runs in his two inning-effort.
Gariddo acknowledged the positive affect of the win on his team’s RPI, but for Garrido, it always comes back to the basics: “We made quality at bats and quality outs.”
Next the Horns re-enter conference play with a weekend series against Nebraska in Lincoln. Because of Easter, the series will start a day early with the first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.