Strong pitching, Weiss hitting pushes Longhorns past Mavericks, 2-1

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.

“I felt

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.