NR/No. 24 Baseball wins series with 6-3 effort against Sacramento State
Feb. 17, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Sophomore lefty Dillon Peters allowed only two runs in seven innings Sunday while five players recorded two hits each as the NR/No. 24 Texas Longhorns earned a 6-3 win over the Sacramento State Hornets. The Longhorns recorded 12 hits on the afternoon to win the weekend series in front of 5,667 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Peters (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout for Texas (2-1). Matt Moynihan, Taylor Stell, Mark Payton, C.J Hinojosa and Weston Hall had two hits apiece. Payton finished the weekend 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate while Hinojosa was 6-for-11 (.545) for the three games. Texas hit .347 as a team with seven stolen bases.
Sacramento State (1-2) recorded two solo homers on the afternoon with David Del Grande getting one of them in a 2-for-4 performance. Zach Morgan (0-1) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits in three innings.
The Hornets posted the first run of the game in the top of the first as Rhys Hoskins drove in Nathan Lukes, who was hit by a pitch on the first ball of the game.
UT started strong, driving in runs during the first four innings of the game. Stell started off the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle and a steal at second. Payton drove in Stell on a base hit to post the Longhorns' first run of the game.
Hinojosa, who doubled to left field during his first at-bat, was the second to cross home on an RBI base hit from Hall. Stell induced a sacrifice bunt to drive in Hall in the bottom of the second to bring Texas to a 3-1 lead.
The Longhorns extended their lead to a 5-1 margin with a run in the third and fourth innings. Payton, who posted the first triple of the season, was driven in during the third inning on an RBI from Madison Carter. Hall made it home in the fifth after a base hit and steal at second.
Texas resumes play this Tuesday (Feb. 19) with a 6 p.m. game against UT Arlington at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The game will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network with audio on AM 1300 The Zone. Gametracker live stats will be available on TexasSports.com with live Twitter updates @Texas_Baseball.
Notes: Texas won its season-opening series for the third straight year...Payton posted five RBI this weekend in the cleanup spot...Payton collected his seventh career triple...the Longhorns struck out only once today...with Parker French's seven scoreless innings on Friday, he and Dillon Peters combined to allow just two runs in 14 innings of work this weekend...Texas hit .395 with runners in scoring position this weekend.
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Texas head coach Augie Garrido
On thoughts about being more aggressive defensively today: I think that they were much more consistent at the plate, there were only a few swings that were out of control, and it was our objective to maintain our focus and keep the hitting plan really simple; see ball, hit ball up the middle, and let the ball go to any field where it wants to go. I think they stayed with that plan and only a couple swings were out of control and that's pretty darn good. In the whole series it was pretty consistent. They flattened out a little bit yesterday, we talked about that today and they agreed and got back to playing it pitch by pitch today.
On thoughts about Dillon Peters' pitching game: The first inning was a big inning and if that had exploded, it would've made it much more difficult. The fact that he worked his way out of that was huge and giving up only one run after what he was faced with and the potential of a big inning against a good team. They are a championship team and I keep repeating that. The name doesn't sound like much because they don't have a history but it is a really good team; it is a championship-type team. An example is just the play the guy made at first base to home plate and the catcher catching that and tagging the guy is pretty amazing right there. They were very, very good all weekend.
Sophomore pitcher Dillon Peters
On thoughts of coming out well today after rough last 10 innings: We just stuck to our game plan and did what we have been practicing all year. Obviously it has paid off. I feel like everybody is thinking the same way and we are ready to roll.
Junior outfield Mark Payton
On thoughts about his great weekend play: I am just staying within myself, trying to work good counts, and get good pitches for a hit.
On thoughts about today's game: We safely squeezed twice, we stole a couple bases, and that is who we are going to be this year. That is how we are going to have to win games. Dillon threw a great game minus the first two guys, other than that he hit his lights out all day. So hats off to him and Corey (Knebel) for closing the door.