Baseball plays to 5-5 tie in 2013 Alumni Game
Feb. 2, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The 2013 Texas Baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to force a 5-5 tie Saturday in the annual Alumni Game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Madison Carter went 2-for-3 for the 2013 Longhorns with one RBI while freshman shortstop C.J Hinojosa collected two hits in a 2-for-2 afternoon. Dillon Peters threw three scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while junior All-America closer Corey Knebel struck out four in two no-hit innings.
The Texas Exes scored a run in the second on Kevin Keyes' sacrifice fly before recording four runs in the third as the Longhorns committed three errors in the inning for the 5-0 lead.
The 2013 team would get back into the game with five consecutive singles off Paul Montalbano to plate three runs. Freshman outfielder Ben Johnson would triple in the sixth and later score on a fielder's choice for the 5-4 score.
Toller Boardman worked himself out of a bases loaded jam by striking Brandon Belt of the current World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and inducing a 6-4-3 double play in the top of the 7th inning.
Former UT head baseball coach Cliff Gustafson made an appearance as the third base coach for the Alumni team during the 3rd inning to a standing ovation as three-time All-American Brooks Kieschnick managed for the Texas Exes.
The Longhorns will open the 2013 regular season on Friday (Feb. 15) when they host Sacramento State in a three-game series.
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Texas head coach Augie Garrido
On what he learned of the 2013 Texas baseball team today: We were a little nervous. It was the first time we played in front on any fans, but remember the team has only been together for six days, you do not create much of a masterpiece in six days, even God took seven days.
On Parker French: He did what we asked him to do, which is to pitch to the mitt while being aggressive and competitive. I think he did that, what happens behind him he cannot control.
On whether today's lineup is permanent: We have some days before we start on the 15th. I honestly keep looking at it, we have looked at a lot of different combinations. We are not trying to establish a first string or a second string team as much as we are trying to see the versatility of this team. We are concerned with working on each individual's play in view of injuries and having to move people around. It would have been great if we are able to play an offensive and defensive team today to see those things, but they do not let you do that.
On the differences from last season: I do not hold on to last year. I am not trying to forget the realities of those things but I try to learn from what happens, accept responsibility, and accountability to move forward.
On the newcomers' performance today: Baseball players are different from football, football gets crowds; baseball does not play in front of anyone. So you take young players whom haven't played in front of anyone and shove them in front of a crowd with an awe because they are here at Texas, the environment is overwhelming. Environments affect us all but this was their first experience with this environment. I am not making excuses for them; they will be able to play. This is a great experience for them.