Courtesy of texassports.com
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 20 Texas Longhorns registered six two-out hits and were able to pitch around three errors to score a 4-2 win over the Central Arkansas Bears at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday evening.
Central Arkansas (16-21) took advantage of a Longhorns’ error in the top of the fourth inning to score the game’s first run. Bryan Willson hit a one-out single to centerfield off Texas starter Dillon Peters. After Ethan Harris popped up to third base for the second out of the inning, Austin Dicharry entered in relief. Michael Marietta singled to rightfield to put two runners on, but Blake Roberts appeared to ground into an inning ending double play, but Longhorns’ shortstop Jordan Etier first bobbled the grounder and then went errant on his throw to first base when the double play was taken off the table. The error allowed Willson to score from second and give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Texas (24-14) mounted a two-out rally in the home half of the fourth to notch an equalizer. After Erich Weiss grounded out and Jonathan Walsh flied out to leftfield, Alex Silver singled up the middle and Jacob Felts singled through the left side of the infield to put a pair of runners on. Brooks Marlow lofted a single into rightfield, scoring Silver and tying the game at 1-1.
The Horns took their first lead of the game in the fifth inning. Tim Maitland singled to rightfield and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Payton. Taylor Stell was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on. Weiss bounced a potential double play ball to short, but a throwing error allowed Maitland to score for the 2-1 lead.
The Bears tied the game in the top of the sixth. With one out, Texas reliever Kirby Bellow yielded an infield single to Willson and issued a walk to Harris. John Curtiss spelled Bellow on the mound and induced a grounder, but it eluded the reach Marlow at second for an RBI single, knotting the score at 2-2.
Texas reclaimed the lead in the seventh. With two outs, Payton tripled into the gap in right centerfield and scored when Stell hit a humpback liner into rightfield for an RBI single.
The Longhorns tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Walsh doubled to rightfield and Silver singled through the left side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Felts hit a sacrifice fly to score Walsh and stake Texas to a 4-2 lead.
Payton led the Texas offense going 2-for-3 with one triple, one sacrifice bunt and one run scored. Silver went 2-for-4.
The Longhorns offense did not show quit on the evening, battling to go 6-for-13 with two outs on the evening.
Wilson went 2-for-4 with two runs and a sacrifice bunt for Central Arkansas. Marietta went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Peters worked 3.2 innings in the start for Texas. He allowed one run, unearned, on two hits while striking out three. Dicharry worked 1.1 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and striking out two. Curtiss (2-2) earned the win with 1.2 innings of shutout relief. He allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two. Corey Knebel allowed one walk while striking out four in 2.0 blank innings to earn his eighth save of the season.
Bryce Biggerstaff (1-4) was saddled with the loss for the Bears. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out one over 1.2 innings. Clint Green allowed one run on six hits while striking out one over 4.0 innings in the start for Central Arkansas.
Texas returns to action on Friday with a 6:35 p.m. contest against the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies at Blue Bell Park. The game kicks off the State Farm Lone Star Showdown series. Saturday (2:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) the action takes place at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.