With north winds up to 30 mph at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the Texas
Longhorns baseball squad (3-2) came out with a 6-0 win in game one of a
three game series against the Stanford Cardinal (4-1).
Taylor Jungmann (2-0) kept a consistent breeze himself by retiring the first three Cardinal batters with swinging strikeouts. Jungmann pitched seven innings finishing with 10 strikeouts and four hits.“Jungmann took charge of the game from the mound,” Head Coach Augie Garrido said. “[He] was brilliant.”Jungmann cooled down hot-hitting Stanford, which was batting .336 as a team coming in to today’s game, by challenging batters when he thought he had an advantage.“Jungmann showed his maturity today picking out the left-handed hitters that were threatening and pitching around them to get to the right-handed hitters where he felt more comfortable,” Garrido said.Starting Cardinal pitcher Jordan Pries, who pitched 5 1/3 innings with seven hits and six earned runs, started the game well getting out of the first couple of innings with no damage done by Texas’ batters. A couple of base running errors in the bottom of the second plagued the Horns from starting the scoring. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Cameron Rupp (1-2, 1 RBI) knocked in Jordan Etier (2-4, 2 runs) to get the first run of the ball game. Jungmann got into a little bit of trouble in the top of the fourth after tying a career high four walks and loading the bases. Jungmann’s first real trouble of the game ended with a roaring strikeout on freshman Kenny Diekroeger, leaving three on the base paths. Jungmann’s strikeout at the top of the fourth kept the momentum in favor of the Horns. The Horns’ bats finally woke up in the fifth when the top of the order came to the plate. Tant Shepherd (2-4, 1 run) started things off with a single, while Cameron Rupp and Russell Moldenhauer grabbed a free base with a hit-by-pitch and a walk, respectively. Kevin Keyes, who had been 0-2 at that point in the game, pleased the crowd by bringing everyone home with a grand slam over the right field wall.“I saw the same curve ball that I looked at in a previous at bat, and took it to the right field wall knowing the wind was blowing to the right,” Keyes said. Keyes finished the night 1-4 with four RBI.The Longhorns’ Friday games may look very similar to this game with Garrido feeling confident in Jungmann’s ability as a pitcher.“We think he’s a Friday night starter. I think he’s going to be one of the real good [pitchers] in this conference,” Garrido said. Keyes and Etier complemented the Horns’ pitching well with a couple of big plays at the plate. If the offense is clicking on a night when Jungmann is pitching, this team could be virtually unbeatable. The Longhorns will face Stanford again tomorrow where both starting pitchers will be searching for their first wins of the season. Brandon Workman (4.50 ERA) will take the mound for Texas, while Scott Sondgress (4.26 ERA) will start for the Cardinal. Game is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Disch.