The Texas Longhorns entered Friday's game with a rough 2-4 Big 12 start and need a solid weekend…
Series Sweep Over UIC Is a Good Start
Game One: Texas 6 – Illinois-Chicago 1 • The ‘Horns jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings and never looked back. A patient Texas offense scored six runs in six innings off UIC ace Chris Kovacevich. The southpaw gave up nine hits and walked four batters. The Texas bats made use of their outs early in the game, as they had two sacrifice bunts and three sac flies in the first two innings alone. • Chance Ruffin had perhaps the least impressive performance for a Longhorns starting pitcher this past weekend, yet he gave up just one run in seven innings. The sophomore battled without his best stuff for most of the game. He struggled with command and got just one swing-and-miss in the game's first five innings. But the ultra-tough Ruffin was still able to succeed early before turning it on in his final three innings. The right-hander showed dominant stuff – and appeared to be more fired up – late in the contest. • Reliever Stayton Thomas pitched the eighth inning, and he had a rough...
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