No. 19 Texas clinches series with 3-0 win over No. 12 South Carolina

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By Kevin Rodriguez

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 19 Texas Baseball pitched its second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over No. 12 South Carolina to clinch the series. The Longhorns (10-5) will go for the series sweep over the Gamecocks on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Tristan Stevens pitched six shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. He allowed just five hits and one walk in the game.

Palmer Wenzel came out of the bullpen and pitched three stellar innings to record his first save as a Longhorn. The graduate transfer allowed just two hits while pitching three scoreless frames.

All the runs that Texas needed came in the bottom of the fifth inning, on a pair of solo homers by Peyton Powell and Mitchell Daly. The home run for Powell was his first hit of the season and Daly’s was the first homer of his career.

The Longhorns got one more run across in the eighth when Mike Antico walked and came all the way around to score on a wild pitch and two balks.

Stevens worked around a base runner in each of the first two innings and in the third he navigated a bases loaded, one out situation. He then worked his first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the fourth.

In the fifth, Stevens worked around a leadoff error and a single to keep the Gamecocks off the board. In his final inning of work Stevens used a 4-6-3 double play to neutralize South Carolina.

The combination of Stevens and Wenzel kept South Carolina hitters off balance all game, inducing 15 total ground ball outs including a pair of ground ball double plays.