No. 13 Baseball caps off doubleheader sweep with 5-3 win over Duke
Feb. 18, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – After an hour break from the first leg of the doubleheader, the No. 13 Texas Longhorns fell behind early but bounced back to beat the Duke Blue Devils 5-3 on Saturday evening at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Blue Devils took the lead with two runs in the top of the second. Hoby Milner hit Will Pinwica-Worms with a pitch and a double by Jordan Betts put two runners in scoring position. After Andrew Istler struck out, Andy Perez bounced a grounder to third base, plating Pinwica-Worms and Betts scored and Perez advanced to second on a throwing error by the Longhorns’ Erich Weiss.
The Longhorns claimed control in the bottom of the second by scoring three runs. Jonathan Walsh singled to right field, advanced to second after Christian Summers walked and moved to third on a single by Tim Maitland. With bases loaded, Mark Payton doubled down the third base line, plating both Walsh and Summers. Brooks Marlow gave the Texas the 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in Maitland.
Texas (2-0) added a pair of insurance runs in the fourth. With one out, Summers walked, advanced to second on a single by Maitland and moved to third on a fly ball by Payton. Marlow drew a walk to load the bases and Weiss was issued a base on balls to drive in Summers for the 4-2 lead.
Drew Van Orden came in from the bullpen to relieve starter Trent Swart. Van Orden allowed Maitland to score on a passed ball before Landon Steinhagen grounded out to end the inning.
The Blue Devils responded with a run in the fifth. Berezo and Kremer both singled before Pinwica-Worms reached first on fielder’s choice to advance Berezo to third with Kremer getting retired at second. A wild pitch by Milner allowed Berezo to score Duke’s third run.
Milner (1-0) earned the win yielding three runs, two earned, on four hits, two walks and while striking out three over 5.0 innings. Parker French worked 3.0 scoreless innings with two hits and two walks. Corey Knebel worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the day.
Payton led the Texas offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles.
Swart (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Blue Devils. He allowed five runs, five earned, on five hits, with five walks while striking out two over 3.2 innings.
Texas and Duke wrap of the series with a 12 noon game on Sunday.