Texas’ bullpen lived up to its high preseason expectations Tuesday, combining for four shutout innings in the Longhorns’ 2-1 victory over the
UT-Arlington Mavericks. Freshman Chad Hollingsworth earned his first win of the
season, and junior closer Corey Knebel notched his first save of the year,
striking out three in his two innings of work.
Mavericks threatened in the top of the first when an error by first baseman Corey
McElroy loaded the bases. Hollingsworth was able to work his way out of the
jam, and the Mavericks struggled to get their bats going thereafter.
Hollingsworth would throw another four innings, allowing one earned run and
striking out three.
pretty comfortable,” Hollingsworth said. “My changeup was working all night and
he kept calling it over and over and luckily, it kept working.”
Longhorns’ two runs came in the third inning, when a single by junior second
baseman Erich Weiss scored designated hitter Matt Moynihan and McElroy. “To be able
to help your team like that is something that you really cherish,” Weiss said.
“They have a really good team and you have to give them credit for pitching the
way they did. We got past that and we played defense.” The Texas
bullpen took over the game in the sixth inning, when freshman Travis Duke
entered the game. Duke threw one and one third innings, allowing only one hit.
Sophomore Cameron Cox replaced Duke, and allowed a hit to the only batter he faced.
Junior pitcher Ty Marlow then retired both batters he faced; head
coach Augie Garrido praised Marlow for his outing. “That’s what
he needs to do for this team,” Garrido said. “He’s got the stuff for it because
in exciting situations the hitters are excited and he can throw his slider and
his off-speed changeup for strikes.” Knebel entered in the eighth inning and allowed only one hit in his best outing of the
young season. Garrido said that was the closer he expects Knebel to be. “He’s got
the right personality to [deal with the expectations,]” Garrido said. “Each
time he’s walked out there he’s been more consistent.” Knebel said
that he has put Friday’s outing behind him and that his performance tonight was
important for his confidence. “Im starting
to get more comfortable now,” Knebel said. “It’s a little different now because
we’re scoring runs and we are winning, so I will be coming in more.” Garrido was
happy about his team’s attitude. “I’m pretty
happy about the three things we stress the most for all teams: consistency with
their attitude, work ethic and commitment to the team,” Garrido said. “As long
as we keep moving forward the way we are with these three things, it will go
from trust to respect and respect to total confidence.” The
Longhorns begin a three game series with the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Friday
at 7 p.m. UFCU Disch-Falk Field.