No. 23 Horns shutout Stanford, 9-0

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From Texas officials:

AUSTIN, Texas—A dominant eight innings by senior starter Ty Culbreth and a nine-run, 13-hit effort from the Longhorns offense propelled No. 23 Texas to a 9-0 shutout win over visiting Stanford. The Longhorns now lead the series two games to one.

Culbreth cruised through his first six innings. The lone Cardinal baserunner, who reached on a dropped third strike, was erased while attempting to steal second. The lefthander did not walk a single batter in the game and racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts, double his previous best.

It wasn’t until the seventh inning that, with one out, Stanford got their first hit of the game — an infield single to deep short. Two batters later, Stanford added another infield single, but Culbreth got out of the inning unscathed and the Cardinal would go hitless for the remainder of the afternoon.

The Longhorns offense also did its part against the Stanford pitching. In the third, Jake McKenzie and Zane Gurwitz hit back-to-back doubles before Bret Boswell dropped down a safety squeeze to plate the game’s first run.

It was in the fourth inning, however, that the Longhorns did the most damage. Tres Barrera opened the frame with a single and, after a groundout that moved him to second, swiped third base for his first career steal in his first career stolen base attempt. Kaleb Denny followed with a walk to put runners on the corners and Travis Jones, who made the start in left field, laid down a perfect bunt for an RBI single.

Kody Clemens followed Jones’ bunt single with a long double to right-center that plated a run and McKenzie added an RBI single to push the lead to 4-0.

With two outs in the frame and runners on the corners, Boswell connected on a 1-0 pitch for his first homer of the season.

The Longhorns added two more in the bottom of the eighth off the bat of McKenzie, whose one-out single drove in Jones and Clemens to pad the Texas lead.

Junior Kacy Clemens entered in relief of Culbreth and got the final three outs in his first appearance of the season on the mound.

The Longhorns and Cardinal return to UFCU Disch-Falk Field tomorrow to conclude the four-game series. The finale is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. with RHP Connor Mayes taking the mound for Texas.

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