Texas Opens Stanford Series with a Win

The Texas Longhorns moved to 11-0 on the year with a 6-2 win in California against the Stanford Cardinal. Starting pitcher Chance Ruffin went the full nine innings and secured the win for Texas. Ruffin got some help from Travis Tucker, who drove in three in the first two innings before leaving due to injury.
Texas (11-0) – R H E 130 100 001 – 6 13 1 Stanford (2-1) 000 011 000 – 2 4 4

Box Score

How Texas won

Big bats early on and then a steady, lethal performance for Chance Ruffin.

Texas’ No. 1 starter is now 3-0 on the year and has an ERA of 2.31 after giving up only one earned Friday. Ruffin got some help early, though, when Texas’ first batter, leadoff hitter Travis Tucker, blasted a homerun over the left field wall. It was the Horns only run of the inning, but Texas then put up another three in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

Ruffin gave up one in the fifth and a Texas error in the sixth led to another Stanford run, but Augie Garrido stuck with his starter and Ruffin stayed steady, throwing all 117 pitches for the Longhorns.

Texas was also strong in the field, with only the one error, compared to Stanford’s four.

MVP on the mound – Chance Ruffin, RHP, Texas

The game winner was Texas’ only pitcher on the mound all night. Ruffin struck out seven in his complete game. His final line was nine innings pitched, four hits, two runs, one earned, three walks and seven strikeouts.

After failing to put together any consistency on the mound last season, the Texas pitching staff has been very, very steady over the first 11 games of the season and its the biggest reason the Longhorns are still undefeated.

Stanford’s starter, Jeffrey Inman (0-2), got the loss. In his five innings, he allowed five runs — four of them earned — seven hits and three walks. He also struck out four batters.

MVP at the plate – Travis Tucker, 2B, Texas

Brandon Belt also had three hits for the Horns, but Tucker was dynamite all game from the leadoff spot. Along with the game-opening homerun, Texas’ next two runs were brought home in the second inning on a two-RBI single from — surprise, surprise — Tucker.

In his three trips to the plate, Tucker made it on base three times, finishing with three hits, three RBI, two runs, a homerun and a partridge in a pear tree. He also finished the game early when he hurt himself ‘sliding’ into home, as it were (see, Tucker injured after hitting home run in UT baseball victory, by Alan Trubow of the Statesman). Tucker played for two more innings, but left in the fifth and after the game was in crutches. His status for Saturday and Sunday is uncertain.

Up next

Texas plays Stanford again Saturday at 3 p.m. CST and then closes out the three-game set on Sunday with another 3 p.m. game. After the Stanford series, Texas returns home to face Baylor at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.