The Longhorns beat Texas Southern, 7-3, at home Tuesday night, despite being out-hit by the Tigers.
Texas head coach Augie Garrido characterized the Horns’ 7-3 win over Texas Southern in straight-forward terms.
“We took advantage of the things they didn’t do so well,” said Garrido.
Despite out-hitting the Longhorns, eight to seven, the Tigers also committed three errors, had no stolen bases and managed just a single walk against Texas’ pitchers. On the flip side, Texas stole seven bases and had seven walks on the night.
Garrido attributed the performance to his team’s focus.
“We played like a professional team tonight,” said Garrido. “There wasn’t a lot of emotion but we were competitive and focused on the fundamentals. We were relaxed but not careless.”
Texas (34-11-1) did most of its damage at the plate in the third and fourth, when the Horns had back-to-back three-run innings. Both times the Horns loaded the bases and both times they brought three home thanks to timely hitting and smart base running, two areas the Horns have struggled in this season.
The win went to Texas’ Stayton Thomas. The sophomore right-hander is now 3-0 on the year, but Tuesday’s game was his first start as a Longhorn.
“I didn’t find out (I was going to start) until I got to the ballpark,” said Thomas. “When I found out I had butterflies all over the place, but after that first pitch they went away.”
He certainly settled down in a hurry. Thomas kept the Tigers (20-26) scoreless through five innings before unraveling, giving up three runs, four hits and a balk in the sixth. After the game, Garrido admitted he left Thomas in for longer than he planned because the sophomore was pitching so well.
“The plan was for him to pitch four to five innings and he pitched a brilliant four to five innings,” said Garrido. “We violated the plan and that normally doesn’t work very well.”
The plan may not have worked well in the sixth inning, but Kendal Carrillo, who replaced Thomas on the mound, and Austin Dichary, who closed out the ninth inning, gave up only one hit and no runs down the stretch to secure the win for Texas.
The Longhorns, who are in first place in the Big 12 standings with a conference record of 15-8-1, takes on third place Texas A&M this weekend in their final Big 12 regular season series. Game one on Friday will be at 6:30 p.m. in College Station while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be back home in Austin at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.