Texas takes doubleheader against WVU

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By Kevin Rodriguez

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Texas Baseball swept a doubleheader against West Virginia with a 5-2 win and an 11-0 run-rule win on Saturday at Monangalia County Ballpark.

The Longhorns (34-16, 11-9) will go for the series sweep over the Mountaineers on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.

Ivan Melendez blasted three home runs on the day and accounted for six total RBI. He now has 25 home runs this season, the second-most in a single season at Texas.


Pete Hansen pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on six hits, striking out eight batters and picking up his eighth win of the season. Tristan Stevens came out of the bullpen to record the final out and pick up his first career save.

Douglas Hodo III and Austin Todd both reached three times, going to 2-for-4 with a walk. Ivan Melendez and Murphy Stehly both went 1-for-4 with a solo homer each.

Stehly launched the Longhorns into the lead with a solo home run in the top of the fourth, his 14th homer of the season.

Melendez doubled the lead with a towering homer to left field in the sixth inning.

The Longhorns added two more runs in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 4-0. Mitchell Daly singled up the middle before three-straight walks to Trey Faltine, Hodo and Todd scored a run. A long sacrifice fly by Melendez drove in the fourth run of the game.

The Mountaineers got the two runs right back in the bottom of the seventh, hitting a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2. Those would be the only two runs scored

Texas added a run back in the eighth inning to go up 5-2, with Dylan Campbell hitting an RBI double to drive in Silas Ardoin.

With a runner on and two outs in the ninth, Stevens was called out of the bullpen and got the final out of the game.



Lucas Gordon tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout, facing just one batter over the minimum. He allowed two hits and no free passes, while striking out five to improve to 5-1 this season.

The Longhorns launched five home runs, led by a pair of blasts from Ivan Melendez. He finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Austin Todd also went 3-for-4, with a homer and two RBI. Douglas Hodo III and Trey Faltine also homered in the game.

Melendez blasted Texas into an early lead in Game 2 with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

The Longhorns added another run to go up 3-0 in the second after Dylan Campbell doubled and came around to score on a passed ball.

Texas added another run in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Douglas Hodo III, his seventh of the season.

The Longhorns scored four more runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-0. Trey Faltine and Austin Todd both hit two-run homers with two outs in the inning to do the damage.

One more run scored in the sixth on an error and Melendez effectively ended the game in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer to center field.