Game Two: Box Score
A mandatory break during finals gave the players a chance to relax and, more importantly, get in a solid practice on Monday in preparation for Wednesday's double-header and an important series against conference rival Texas A&M this weekend.
"It felt good to have a little break," said shortstop David Hernandez. "But it didn't take long before we were ready to get back out there."
"It was a great opportunity to kind of get the dust out and get ready for A&M," DH Michael Torres said.
Torres went for a combined 4-for-8 in the double-header, scored three runs and drove in four RBI. A deep two-out shot off of the right field wall in the fifth inning of game one earned him the first in-the-park homerun at the Disch since February 20, 2005.
"It felt good," he said. "I hit second base and thought I had a triple but (third base) Coach (Tommy) Harmon just told me to keep going and then Cameron (Rupp) told me to stay on my feet and I knew I was getting in."
Hernandez and third baseman Preston Clark both knocked two apiece out of the park against the Bulldogs. Hernandez split his between the first and second contest but both of Clark's came in game two. Hernandez came in to the double-header with only one prior homer.
"I was seeing the ball well. I knew I had to hit it hard and put it in play," Hernandez said.
Clark went 4-for-5 at the plate with five runs scored and four RBI against the Bulldogs. Defensively, Clark was responsible for both of the Texas' errors despite previously logging only one in the season.
"It happens to everybody," he said. "This time it happened to me. I felt safe because I knew (pitcher) Riley (Boening) was going to cover for me and the rest of our defense was going to cover for me."
Overall in the double-header, the Horns logged 29 hits while holding the Bulldogs to only nine and racked up 17 two-out RBI.
"Things we really did well were two-strike hits, two-strike balls in play, and rallies," head Coach Augie Garrido said post game. "Those are very important in championship teams."
Right fielder Kyle Russell also had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-7 with both a double and a triple in game one. Despite only one at-bat, freshman Kevin Keyes used it well. Pinch hitting for left fielder Russell Moldenhauer in game two, Keyes took a 1-0 pitch out of the park in the fifth to take the Horns up 13-3 with one out. Keyes homerun was only one of three in the inning with Jordan Danks and Clark's second helping increasing the Horns' lead.
Texas only allowed Alabama A&M to score in two innings of the fourteen played on Wednesday. Brandon Workman (5-2) and Riley Boening (3-1) earned the wins for the day. Workman pitched to only two hits in three innings in game one and Boening gave up four hits and three runs, two earned, in his four innings of game two. Bulldogs Kevin Collins (3-11) and A.J. Campbell (0-4) were saddled with the losses.
"The pitching was really good today. Players that have struggled really had good confidence and consistency," coach Garrido said. "This is what we wanted going in to (Texas) A&M."
The Longhorns kick off game one in their series against the Aggies on Friday in Austin before heading to College Station for games two and three. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.