AUSTIN, Texas — No. 19 Texas Baseball racked up 12 runs on 15 hits and rolled to a 12-6 win over BYU on Thursday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns road a handful of solid relief outings, including 3 1/3 shutout innings from Palmer Wenzel.
Wenzel, who picked up his first win as a Longhorn, allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out three batters. The graduate transfer senior came into the game with two runners in scoring position in the top of the fourth and got out of the jam.
Four different Longhorn hitters had double-digit RBI, led by Mike Antico’s three RBI game. Trey Faltine, Silas Ardoin and Douglas Hodo III each had two RBI. Zach Zubia had a team high three hits, while four other Longhorns had multiple hits.
BYU struck first with a four-run top of the first that included a three-run homer to right field. Starter Justin Eckhardt pitched two innings and was charged for four runs on one hit and four walks.
Texas quickly got two of the runs back on two hits and two errors in the bottom of the first. Eric Kennedy legged out an infield single and moved all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Kennedy then scored on an RBI single by Trey Faltine. Another failed pickoff attempt allowed Faltine to score to make it 4-2.
The Longhorns put up a four spot in the second to snag a 6-4 lead and never looked back. The second inning started with three-straight singles from Zach Zubia, Dylan Campbell and Douglas Hodo III. Mike Antico followed with a bases-clearing double down the right field line.
After a sacrifice bunt by Kennedy, Faltine drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
The ‘Horns tacked on another run in the third, with Hodo driving in Tanner Witt with a bunt single. Witt, Zubia and Hodo all had hits in the inning.
BYU plated a run in the fourth off of Lucas Gordon, who pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Texas got the run right back with a sacrifice fly by Ardoin in the bottom of the fourth.
The Longhorns tagged the Cougars for four more runs in the seventh to finish off the game.