Payton extends hitting streak to 13 games in Longhorns’ 5-3 win over Texas State

Sara Beth Purdy

Texas Defense: Despite several wild pitches and passed balls that put the Bobcats in scoring position, the Longhorn defense was able to get itself out of several troublesome situations to secure the win.

Game Breakdown

Innings 1-3: The Longhorns put up big numbers in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs off four hits. Freshman Chad Hollingsworth retired the first eight Bobcat batters before giving up two runs in the third.

Innings 4-6: Hollingsworth gave up another run in the fourth to tie the game at three apiece. The Bobcats threatened several ties to pull ahead, but the Texas defense didn’t allow anything else across. It was slow offensively for the Longhorns, until an RBI single by Alex Silver plated Mark Payton to give Texas the 4-3 edge.

Innings 7-9: Texas tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI single by freshman C.J Hinojosa, his second RBI of the night. The Bobcats were unable to get anything going, earning only one hit through three innings.

By the Numbers:

2: Both Hinojosa and Silver had two RBIs each on the evening.

9: Strikeouts by the Texas pitching staff, including two by Corey Knebel in the final frame.

13: Payton extended his consecutive game hitting streak to 13 games, a career-high, by going 3-for-4 against Texas State.