AUSTIN — Four baserunners is all the Texas offense could manage tonight.
Two came by way of senior Collin Shaw, one on a walk and the other on a single. Shaw proceeded to be the first out of a double play on the single. Junior C.J Hinojosa’s single and senior Brooks Marlow’s double were the only other hits for the Horns as they fell 5-0 to Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at Disch-Falk Field.
Marlow’s double in the fourth ended a perfect game bid from the Bearkat starter, Alex Bisacca. Bisacca would get the next two batters and would be replaced by Jordan Church, who gave up just two hits and walked one over five innings in the winning effort.
Sophomore Josh Sawyer took the loss, his second of the season. Sawyer allowed two earned runs and four hits over four innings while walking four and striking out three. Junior Travis Duke gave up four hits in his 0.1 innings of work, allowing three earned runs. Sophomores Jon Malmin and Andy McGuire, freshman Connor Mayes, junior Ty Culbreth, and senior Ty Marlow all worked scoreless outings.
Head coach Augie Garrido gave credit to SHSU’s pitching on their performance against his team.
“I think the quality of their pitching was good and I think whenever you have three hits and a shutout and you start to complain too much about your hitters, you take away from the quality of the game that was pitched against you,” Garrido said. “I’m not trying to cover for us. I personally think that you have to give credit to the people that earned it and their pitchers earned it.”
Garrido said that his team has had emotional flip-flops these past few weeks, and that’s preventing his team from playing to its natural ability.
“They switch between trying passive and aggressive,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to be the ballplayers that they are. We know that they are good enough baseball players – just to bring that baseball player that they are to the ballpark.”
When asked about concerns about making a regional, Garrido said that he was more concerned with his team’s attitude.
“I am more concerned with the team development and attitude development and success that they can have so they feel good about themselves,” he said. “Let the Ws take care of themselves and let the committee decide whether we belong in it. We can’t control all of those things.”
Texas travels to Kansas this weekend for a Big 12 series.