A Clean Sweep

Here's a recap with plenty of notes, highlights, and quotes from the Texas Longhorns' (4-0) and (12-0) double-header sweep over the Texas Southern Jaguars in front of 5,921 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Saturday afternoon.

Parker French was one of three pitchers that combined for a game one no hitter.

How the Longhorns (26-22, 6-14 Big 12) won:
Texas came out like a team possessed and took game one in methodical fashion. In the second inning it was two straight singles (by Jeremy Montalbano and Ty Marlow, that allowed Collin Shaw to score the first run of the game. In the fourth, Shaw roped a triple off the left-field wall, which was followed by a sacrifice fly from Ty Marlow that sent Shaw home giving Texas the 3-0 lead. The Horns didn’t look back when C.J. Hinojosa roped a triple to left field that allowed for Montalbono to tap him in with a single giving Texas a four-run lead. Texas had a season high three triples in the first game. Game two saw the bats stay hot. The drubbing began when Felts took a walk, followed by two successful bunts from Shaw and Ty Marlow, respectively, allowing for Felts to advance to third to load the bases. Taylor Stell provided a scoring opportunity for Texas when he hit a two-run double to left field, plating Shaw and Felts. That ignited a seven-run inning second inning and broke the game open for the Horns.

How the Jaguars (20-27) lost:
Texas Southern dug itself in a hole early in both games as the team allowed a combined 15 hits and 16 runs, seven of which came in the second inning in game two of the doubleheader. The Jags also blew through six pitchers and failed to score in both games.

Game MVP(s):
Parker French threw three innings as the game one starter, going down as the first leg in a three-man no hitter for the staff. Travis Duke threw two scoreless inning, followed by Corey Knebel, who struck out four batters in two innings and cashed in for his ninth save of the season. Ty Marlow recorded two RBI as UT hammered out 11 hits in the first game. In game two, Mark Payton drove in two runs and scored twice in the 12-0 win in game two.

It Was Over When...
After taking game one of the double-header, the Horns took control of the game in the second following a pair of two-run doubles from Mark Payton and Taylor Stell, respectively, during the seven-run second inning.

Horns Up:
The Horns have not been this hot at the plate since game two of the West Virginia series where they shut out the Mountaineers, 12-0. The seven-run second inning in game two was the biggest scoring inning for the Horns this season. For an offense that's been putrid of late, the combined 16 runs on Saturday was a welcomed sight.

Horns Down:
The cupboard is pretty bare here. This is the most consistent the Horns have played dating back to the end of March when they won four games in a row. The only downside were the two small jams in game one where Texas Southern stranded a runner in scoring position in two separate innings. About everything that could have gone right for Texas on Saturday did.

Biggest Surprise:
What consistent teams lack in batting, they can make up for it in pitching. Unfortunately that has not been the case for Texas this year. Even though Texas did not take the field against Goliath on Saturday, it was good to see the them be able to get on base. Kudos to Jeremy Montalbano today for going a combined 3-for-7 with three RBI. Texas also managed to strike four straight singles in the second inning of game one. Though there are many hypotheticals to take into consideration regarding the Horns’ postseason chances, Texas will certainly need to hit the way they did today when they face TCU next weekend.

Biggest Disappointment:
To nitpick, it would be Dillon Peters for surrendering a hit to the second batter in the top of the first inning of the second game. It's ended well as he accumulated three strikeouts and retired nine batters in to get the win on the back end of the sweep.

Stat(s) of the Day:
Mark Payton swung a red-hot bat Saturday and managed to record a triple in both games. He;s now accumulated eight trifectas this season and is now tied for fourth on UT's single-season list with five other players. His 14 career triples put him in a tie for sixth place on the all-time list with Calvin Murray (1990-92), Brian Cisarik (1984-88) and Spike Owen (1980-82).

Story of the Day:
While it's certainly Cinderella-like, the moment of the day came when senior bullpen catcher Patrick Marsh came in to pinch-hit for Jacob Felts in the seventh inning of game two. He then recorded the first hit of his career with a single. Augie Garrido joked that Marsh will go down as the greatest hitter Austin, Texas ever saw with a lifetime 1.000 batting average, but hey, give him credit for putting in the time and seeing it pay off in his last game at Disch-Falk.

Augie Garrido’s thoughts on Saturday’s performance:
“When you're using all of the elements of offense to score runs as your criteria, now those runs transfer into relaxation on defense. Mainly on the mound, but at every position. This is a good example of the positive of run-scoring rather than competing to improve your batting average.”

On how to keep the consistency from Saturday going against TCU:
“Do you see how the run-scoring affects everyone’s performance? They looked like professional players today: relaxed, calm. Let us just take it for what it is, work off of this feeling. When we can play a Big 12 opponent the way we played today, that's when we're a championship team.”

C.J. Hinojosa on a back-to-back shutout performance:
“It's a good feeling knowing that our pitchers are coming out here battling every day and putting in all their work. They threw really well today.”

On scoring runs early in both games and feeling relaxed on defense:
“Everybody talks about not worrying about the score and just playing the same game. But, you know, knowing that you are up by a couple of runs and you're winning, you go up there with a little more relaxed mindset knowing that all the pitchers have to focus on is throwing strikes and let the defense go to work.”

Bullpen catcher Patrick Marsh on getting to bat and getting a hit:
“That was special. I have a lot of great memories here and getting that hit was just great way to cap it all off. And it’s my hope that this continues on for a few more weeks. I'm a big proponent of everybody on the team contributing and I felt like I did that today.”

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