On what was most likely his final start at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, senior Parker French delivered one of his best performances of the season. French threw 7.2 innings on a career high 131 pitches, allowing seven hits and walking three while striking out seven and stranding 10 in Texas’ 3-0 victory.
Texas came back from a disappointing weekend sweep at TCU with an offensive explosion while limiting Prairie View A&M to just one hit in a 12-4 victory. Seniors Collin Shaw and Brooks Marlow both homered, and junior Ben Johnson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs and four stolen bases.
It has been a long time since Texas baseball lost eight straight, and it will only get longer. Texas avoided a meeting with history thanks to three hits from freshman shortstop Joe Baker and two RBIs from senior second baseman Brooks Marlow in a 6-4 midweek victory over Wichita State.
Texas’ offense struggled again on Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as they were shut out for most of the game and could not deliver hits when they needed them most, losing 6-4 in 10 innings.
After more than six hours of baseball the previous day, Texas had to come out ready to play once more in order to sweep a 3-game Big 12 series over Kansas State. For the first time since 1993, UT had its starting pitcher bat in the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Faced with these responsibilities, sophomore Kacy Clemens did enough to earn the sweep-clinching win over the Wildcats, 6-1.
After Friday’s series opener against Kansas State was postponed due to weather, the Texas skies were calm enough for Texas to notch two conference victories over Kansas State. In the first game, Texas came back with a big eighth inning to win 5-3, while Chad Hollingsworth and Kirby Bellow dominated the Wildcat bats in the second game, 3-1.
In the first game of conference play, Texas got a walk-off victory with the help of freshman walk on Connor Macalla. Macalla’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to bring home senior Brooks Marlow capped off a night of outstanding pitching from seniors Parker French and Kirby Bellow in Texas’ 4-3 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Following a dominating series sweep over Minnesota, Texas returned to the field on Wednesday after their game against UTPA was postponed from Tuesday. Texas came out as cold as the previous night’s freezing weather in the first half of the game, but rallied back to defeat UTPA 5-4 thanks to a walk-off single by freshman third baseman Bret Boswell.
The bats were not the only cog in the baseball machine that performed well, as the pitching staff surrendered no runs on just six hits, and threw three consecutive shutouts for the first time in 13 years. The defense also made every play it needed to in the Longhorns’ 8-0 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Run support is a pitcher's best friend. 17 hits makes it easy for pitchers to attack hitters early, and that’s exactly what Parker French did in Friday’s series opening 13-2 win against Minnesota. Hits came early and often from senior right fielder Collin Shaw and freshman catcher Michael Cantu, who had five RBIs on a 3-for-5 night.