Texas Loses Rubber Match to Stanford

Clark homered for Texas in the loss (Gallager/IT)

The Longhorns' comeback bid fell just short, losing to Stanford 12-9 in the final game of the weekend series. Texas almost came back from a 9-1 deficit, but left too many runners on base in the loss as the Cardinal managed to turn six double plays.

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Double was the theme of the loss for Texas.

Double as in the number of Texas hits (18) to runs actually produced (9). Double as in Standford's four doubles to the Longhorns' one. But most notably it was double as in double play.

Stanford turned a double play in six different innings against Texas as the Cardinal held on for a 12-9 win in the final of the teams' three-game weekend series. The Horns are now a 9-4 on the season while Stanford improved to 8-4.

Things did not go well for Texas from the very start.

Freshman pitcher Cole Green got roughed up in the top of the first. Green only managed to retire a single batter and was torched for five runs on six hits, giving the Cardinal a very early 5-0 lead.

As much as the Longhorns were struggling on the mound, they were having just as many problems at the plate in the early goings. Texas hit into a double play in each of the first four innings, including in the fourth when the Horns had the bases loaded with no outs and came away empty-handed.

The low point in the contest was at exactly the half-way point. In the middle of the fifth, Texas trailed a seemingly insurmountable 9-1, but that's when the Horns went on the comeback trail. Texas cranked three homeruns (Jordan Danks, Preston Clark, Cameron Rupp) over the remaining innings, but it wasn't enough as Stanford managed to put up another three runs to take a 12-9 lead through the eighth.

That was only chance Texas would get. The game ended after the eighth inning because of a pre-agreed travel curfew.

Texas used six pitchers in the loss, but every single one was touched for at least one earned run, with Green taking the brunt of it.

Texas' series with Stanford is just the first three of five consecutive days of games for the Longhorns. Texas stays at UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a Monday afternoon match-up with Dallas Baptist at 2:30 p.m. before heading down to Houston on Tuesday to take on the Rice Owls at 7:00 p.m.

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