No. 19 Texas cruises to 12-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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By Kevin Rodriguez

AUSTIN, Texas — No. 19 Texas Baseball cruised to a 12-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorn pitching staff combined to allow only two hits to the Islanders offense.

Kolby Kubichek started and pitched three solid innings, striking out four batters and allowing only two base runners. Being held to a pitch count, Kubichek was credited with his first win of the season.

Justin Eckhardt pitched two hitless innings of relief but was charged with one run on three walks. Dawson Merryman pitched two hitless and scoreless innings. Palmer Wenzel pitched a scoreless eighth before Aaron Nixon made his Longhorn debut in a perfect ninth inning.

Texas scratched out four runs on three hits, three walks and an error in the top of the first inning. Zach Zubia provided the big blow, smashing a two-run triple to left-center field. Zubia finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.

The Longhorns brought home two more runs in the second inning to extend the lead to 6-0. Mike Antico hit his first home run as a Texas player, launching a solo shot to right field. Then with runners on the corners, Texas stole a run with Douglas Hodo III scampering home while Cam Williams was thrown out at second base.

The Longhorns added another run in the bottom of the third on the first career hit by Mitchell Daly, an RBI double to right field to make the score 7-0. Daly went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored in his first career start.

No. 19 Texas scored three more runs in the fifth to go up 10-0. Hodo legged out an infield single to drive in the first run of the inning and Trey Faltine lined a two-run double to left field.

The Islanders got on the board in the sixth inning after three walks and a hit batter.

The Longhorns (4-4) will take on Texas State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in San Marcos.