The Texas baseball team lost for the first time this season after the Cardinal cranked up the scoring in the fifth inning, controlling the game from that point on and beating the Longhorns 7-1.
Texas (11-1) – R H E
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How Texas lost
Things went downhill for Texas starting in the fifth inning. The Horns had sophomore pitcher Brandon Workman on the mound, who came into the game off of his no-hit performance against Penn State. Up until that point Workman hadn’t allowed any runs on the season and through the fourth Workman had extended that streak to 20 innings.
But the steak was broken on, of all things, a wild pitch. Stanford’s Wande Olabisi scored from third to give the home team a 1-0 lead. From that point it was all Stanford.
The Cardinal tacked on another three in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. Texas managed to put up one in the top of the eighth when freshman pinch-hitter Tim Maitland hit a single to right to score Jordan Etier. But Stanford scored another three in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach.
MVP on the mound – Jordan Pries, P, Stanford
Workman threw a no-hitter in his last game, but it was Pries who was nearly flawless on Saturday. Pries kept Texas scoreless all the way until the eighth inning and moved to 2-0 on the year. His final line was seven and a third innings pitched, one earned run, three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. After Pries left, Stanford closer Drew Storen then came on and kept Texas scoreless the rest of the way, giving up two hits but no runs over the final one and two-thirds innings.
Workman got his first loss of the year and gave up six hits, four runs (but only two of them earned thanks to a pair of Texas errors) and had walk and five strikeouts. Keith Shinaberry pitched the rest of the game in relief of Workman and gave up four hits, three runs, one earned and had one strikeout in two and a third innings pitched.
MVP at the plate – Zach Jones, 3B, Stanford
Jones carried the big stick for Stanford on Saturday. Along with capping off Stanford’s scoring in the game-changing sixth with a two-out single up the middle to score Olabisi, Jones, Jones sealed the game with a two-run homerun in the eighth. DH Jeff Whitlow also homered for Stanford.
Texas closes out its series against Stanford with a 3 p.m. (CST) game on Sunday. The Horns then return home to take on Baylor. First pitch against the Bears Wednesday is set for 6:00 p.m.