AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball scored nine runs through the first four innings and cruised to a 9-1 win over Abilene Christian Wednesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Kolby Kubichek pitched four shutout innings and allowed just one hit to record his second win of the season. Five Texas relievers combined to pitch the final innings, including Justin Eckhardt who made his Longhorn debut in a perfect ninth inning.
The Longhorns (14-3) took advantage of 12 walks issued by ACU pitching and scratched out nine hits. Murphy Stehly went 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored to lead Texas offensively. Austin Todd was 2-for-4 with on RBI and Zubia was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Eric Kennedy finished the day with a career-high three stolen bases.
In the first, Texas scratched out one run on a sacrifice fly by Trey Faltine. Todd started the game with a single to reach base for the 17th-consecutive game.
The Longhorns added an unearned run in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Stehly singled and worked his way around the bases before scoring on an error.
Zubia blasted another run in with his third homer of the season to spark a four-run third inning. After Zubia’s leadoff bomb, the Longhorns took advantage of several free passes as Eric Kennedy, Silas Ardoin and Peyton Powell all walked to load the bases. Kennedy scored on a wild pitch and Ardoin came home on an RBI groundout by Stehly.
Todd capped off the inning with a two-out RBI single to left field to make the scored 6-0.
Texas scored three more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 9-0. Ardoin lined an RBI single to left and Stehly followed with a two-run single of his own to left field.
Austin Wallace pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings with four strikeouts in his second career outing and Owen Meaney pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Texas will host New Mexico for a three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. With growing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Longhorns will compete in this weekend’s games without fans in attendance. All three games will be broadcast on Longhorn Network.