AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Baseball rode six shutout innings by Coy Cobb to a 9-0 win over Incarnate Word Tuesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Longhorns (26-25, 6-14 Big 12) backed Cobb by scoring eight two-out runs in the game. The bullpen trio of Tristan Stevens, Kamron Fields and Cole Quintanilla pitched the final three frames to insure the shutout.
Eric Kennedy and Tate Shaw each produced three hits in the game to lead the Longhorns offensively. Duke Ellis also had a two-hit game.
After three and a half scoreless innings, Texas broke the deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs in the inning, Shaw worked a walk to start a rally. After Shaw’s walk, it was three hits by Longhorn freshmen to produce the runs.
Caston Peter singled to left field to put two runners on base and Lance Ford slashed an RBI single through the infield to make it 1-0. After a pitching change and a walk to Masen Hibbeler, Kennedy drove in two more runs with a single to left-center field to make the score 3-0.
Cobb allowed just four hits and walked only one batter in his six innings of work. He struck out two batters.
Stevens came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning and needed just seven pitches to retire the Cardinals in the inning.
The Longhorns tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and it was all started by a lead-off hustling double by Kennedy. After Ellis sacrificed Kennedy to second, Austin Todd drove in the run with a single to left field.
Ryan Reynolds walked to keep the inning alive and Shaw lined his third hit of the game to drive in Todd and make the Texas lead 5-0.
Kamron Fields got into and out of some trouble in the eighth inning, using two strikeouts in a scoreless frame.
Texas put the game away with a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth. Kennedy walked and stole second base and Ellis drove him in with an RBI single.
Todd walked and Zach Zubia lined a double to center field to drive in Ellis for the second run of the inning. Reynolds then hammered a two-run double to the gap in right-center field to complete the scoring.
Cole Quintanilla struck out two batters in the ninth to finish off the Cardinals.
The Longhorns will look to ride the momentum from Tuesday’s win into a crucial three-game series against Oklahoma at UFCU DIsch-Falk Field.