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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns scored in six of their eight at-bats and used four pitchers to scatter five hits in a 12-3 win over the Texas Southern Tigers to complete a doubleheader sweep at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Longhorns pounded out 11 hits and drew eight walks and scored in every inning except the fourth and fifth. Mark Payton led the charge, going 1-for-4 with one walk, two runs and four RBI. Payton, Erich Weiss, Jonathan Walsh and Alex Silver each logged two runs. Weiss, Silver and Jordan Etier accounted for two hits apiece. Jacob Felts and Silver both notched two RBI.
The Tigers pounced on the Longhorns early taking advantage of an error by Texas starter Dillon Peters to take a 1-0 lead. Anthony Flenoy started the game by bouncing back to the pitcher’s mound, but Peters’ throw sailed over the head of Silver at first base for a two-base error allowing Flenoy to move to second base. Flenoy moved to third on a groundout by Corbin Smith and scored on a single to rightfield by Ray Hernandez.
The Longhorns responded quickly with an equalizer in the home half of the first. With one out, Erich Weiss tripled to the gap in right centerfield and Jonathan Walsh drew a walk to put runners at the corners. Jacob Felts plated Weiss with a sacrifice fly to rightfield, knotting the game at 1-1.
Texas staked claim to the lead in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Etier reached on an infield single and with two outs, Brooks Marlow drew a four-pitch walk. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Collin Shaw drew a walk to load the bases. Payton deposited a 2-1 offering over the 375-ft sign in rightfield for his first career grand slam to give Texas a 5-1 lead. It was his second home run of the day, having hit a solo home run to leadoff the first inning in the the afternoon's first affair.
The Longhorns added to the lead in the third inning. Walsh doubled down the leftfield line, moved to third on a wild pitch. After Felts drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Silver knocked in Walsh with a sacrifice fly to inflate the cushion to 6-1.
The Texas lead ballooned to 7-1 in the sixth inning. Silver hit a leadoff single to rightfield, moved to second on a walk by Kevin Lusson and advanced to third on a deep fly ball to centerfield by Marlow. With runners at the corners, Collin Shaw singled to centerfield to knock in Silver for the six-run lead.
The Tigers shaved a run off the lead in the top of the seventh inning. In a pinch-hit appearance, Tyler Flanagan roped a double into the gap in right centerfield to start the frame. With two outs, Jag Gordaya singled down the rightfield line to drive in Flanagan and cut the Texas lead to 7-2.
The Longhorns dropped the anvil on the Tigers with three runs in the home half of the seventh. Weiss hit a leadoff single to leftfield and moved to second when a Texas Southern pickoff attempt sailed wide of the first baseman. Weiss advanced to third on a groundout by Walsh and scored when Felts singled to right centerfield. Silver drew a walk and back-to-back RBI singles by Etier and Lusson gave Texas a 10-2 advantage.
Texas Southern mounted another rally in the eighth inning. With one out, Smith tripled to leftfield and scored when Walsh committed an error trying to throw the ball to the infield to cut the Texas lead to 10-3.
Texas once again countered a Tigers run with runs of their own in the home half of an inning. The Longhorns scored two runs keyed by an RBI infield single by Silver to take a 12-3 edge.
Peters (4-0) earned the win in a start he was designated to go four innings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk while striking out four. John Curtiss worked two scoreless innings of relief, retiring all six batters he faced, including two strikeouts. Nathan Thornhill pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out two. Hoby Milner closed out the game by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth, including one strikeout.
Jakari Bass (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Tigers. He yielded five runs on three hits and three walks over 2.0 innings.
Texas returns to action on Thursday when the Longhorns travel to Waco for the first contest in a three-game series against the Baylor Bears. The first game will be played at Baylor Ballpark on Thursday at 6:35 pm. Action returns to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a 6:30 pm game on Saturday and a 2 pm game on Sunday.