No. 3 Longhorns ride tremendous pitching to doubleheader victory

Amsal Madhani

No. 3 Texas baseball didn’t expect to play a doubleheader Saturday after inclement weather Friday night postponed the first game of its series against Oklahoma State, but it didn’t stop the Longhorns from winning both games.

“Just a great job by our team coming in here, playing with confidence, playing with energy and great defense all day,” Texas head coach David Pierce said.

Texas showed great resiliency and poise under the circumstances it was put in as it was forced to play two games in one day. The team took on the challenge and came out undefeated despite the walls being stacked against it.

Texas’ first game at 2 p.m. didn’t disappoint as it took the full nine innings to decide the game. With the Longhorns clinging to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth, freshman pitcher Aaron Nixon forced three straight groundouts to cement Texas’ 15th straight win in the first game of the doubleheader.

Although Nixon helped finish off the first game for Texas, redshirt sophomore pitcher Ty Madden also pitched a terrific game Saturday afternoon.

His dominance on the mound showed in the stat sheet as he recorded double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season and finished with 12.

Texas also received some help from its offense. Redshirt junior infielder Zach Zubia had a great outing in the first game of the doubleheader, homering in the third inning to extend Texas’ lead to 4-0. Redshirt senior outfielder Mike Antico also played well as he scored two of the team’s four runs to help the Longhorns secure the victory.

The second game of the doubleheader was more of the same for Texas. Even having played a game just an hour earlier, the Longhorns showed no sign of fatigue. Their eyes were set on their 16th straight win.

Texas struggled to find a rhythm at the plate, but redshirt junior pitcher Tristan Stevens kept the Longhorns in the game by allowing just one run in the first three innings.

Texas batters finally woke up in the fourth inning as redshirt freshman outfielder Douglas Hodo III hit a two-run homer to put the Longhorns on the scoreboard. Mike Antico used the momentum from Hodo’s huge hit and followed it with an even bigger one in the next inning as he homered to give Texas a 3-1 lead over the Cowboys.

The Longhorns never looked back, scoring two more runs in the sixth inning and holding the Cowboys to just one more run to cement their 16th straight win with a 5-2 victory Saturday night.

“It’s pretty much a professional mentality,” Pierce said. “Our kids love to play, love to compete, love to do it for each other. It’s tough to sweep a doubleheader.”

The Longhorns look to continue their extraordinary run Sunday afternoon in the third game of the series against Oklahoma State.

“We’re in a situation where we have an opportunity to sweep,” Pierce said. “They’re in survival mode and so we’ve got to match the energy, and we have to come in here hungry tomorrow.”