Texas snapped its four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 6-1 win over UT Pan American, relying on solid defense, sound pitching and sporadic offense to get the job done.
Brooks Marlow hit Texas' first home run of the season Tuesday night, a bomb over the right field fence.
The Longhorns were outhit 9-5 by Pan Am (2-7), but starter Chad Hollingsworth did a good job of working out of jams while getting some great plays from the defense backing him up.
"What I like about him is he threw it to the mitt. They hit him and he was faced with base-running situations - he didn't pitch any different," head coach Augie Garrido said of his true freshman making his second career start.
Shortstop C.J Hinojosa and right fielder Mark Payton each made phenomenal plays to help keep the Broncs from working in to the early 3-0 Longhorn lead.
The fourth inning was the only time Pan Am was able to capitalize on getting its leadoff hitter aboard when Will Klausing started things with a single to center and eventually scored on a fielder's choice for the lone Bronc run of the night.
After Hollingsworth was pulled Travis Duke pitched his way through a shaky 1.2 innings before Texas' 1-2 punch of Ty Marlow and Corey Knebel went the final 2.1 and retired each of the seven total batters they faced.
Texas (7-5) did damage early thanks to the top third of the lineup and added some insurance runs in the eighth with help from the bottom third - and some Pan Am miscues.
Leadoff hitter Weston Hall walked on his first two appearances and two-hole hitter Cohl Walla got a free pass in the second. Those represented Texas' first three runs after Erich Weiss hit an RBI single to left in the first and a two-RBI double to right in the second.
After Weiss' double the Longhorns went into a big slump. Over the next five-plus innings Texas went 1-for-19, allowing the Broncs to hang around until the eighth inning.
In the eighth, Jeremy Montalbano was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Taylor Stell later scored on a throwing error by Pan Am first baseman Alberto Morales. Jacob Felts reached when Pan Am left fielder Derek Haky dropped an easy fly ball before Texas' No. 9 hitter, Brooks Marlow, hit UT's first home run of the young 2013 season, a bomb over the right field fence.
Once again Texas went through another long funk at the plate. Garrido continues to remain confident that his batters are battling, they just need to maintain the level of intensity they have at the beginning and end of games through the middle innings.
"They really did a good job," he said. "It just hasn't lasted throughout the game."