NR/No. 24 Baseball holds off UT Arlington, 2-1
Feb. 19, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior second baseman Erich Weiss hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the third to provide the NR/No. 24 Texas Longhorns with the 2-1 non-conference win over the UT Arlington Mavericks at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas freshman Chad Hollingsworth went five innings in his first collegiate start, allowing only one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Texas (3-1) bullpen accounted for four scoreless innings, including closer Corey Knebel, who threw two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season. Chad Nack (1-1) took the loss for UT Arlington (3-1) after giving up two runs and four hits in three innings.
Hollingsworth gave up a four-pitch walk to start the game with a base hit and throwing error loading the bases with one out. After striking out Matt Shortall, Hollingsworth got Jake Pinchback to fly out to left to get out of the jam.
Codey McElroy made a run-saving catch at first base on J.M. Twitchell's line drive with a runner at third to end the Mavericks' half of the third and led off the UT third with a double to left. After Matt Moynihan singled him to third, Taylor Stell was hit by a Nack pitch to load the bases. Weiss then laced the two-run single to left field for the 2-0 lead. Shortall tripled in the top of the fourth and scored on Pinchback's RBI groundout for the lone UTA run.
Knebel would close the door in the ninth with back-to-back strikeouts with the tying run at second for the Mavericks.
Texas hosts Nebraska in a three-game series, starting this Friday (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m. 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: Matt Moynihan has a season-opening four-game hitting streak for the Longhorns...Texas is now 2-0 in one-run games after going 5-7 in one-run games last season...the Longhorns now have 10 stolen bases through four games after swiping 58 bases for the entire 2012 season...head coach Augie Garrido earned his 699th win tonight in his 17th year at Texas.
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Texas head coach Augie Garrido
On junior pitcher/infielder Ty Marlow coming through in tough situations: That's what he needs to do for this team. He's got the makeup for that. He's got the stuff for it because in exciting situations the hitters are excited and he can throw his slider and his off-speed changeup for strikes. He inspires all of us by the fact that he's not some giant physical specimen and he walks out there and you'd think he's a bulldog.
On junior pitcher Corey Knebel: He's going to be fine. He is a completely different person now in his mind because of the things that have been said about him and all of the expectation. He's never dealt with that before. He's got the right personality to (deal with the expectations.) He'll figure it out. Each time he's walked out there he's been more consistent.
Freshman pitcher Chad Hollingsworth On how he felt pitching his first start today: I felt pretty comfortable. Our defense is going to come out there and work every day and our defense really played for us today. I got in some jams that I really couldn't control, but our defense picked it up and got me out of them.
On which pitches were working best for him today: My changeup was working and I really didn't throw my curveball too much. My changeup was working all night and he kept calling it over and over and luckily, it kept working.
On whether he had any nerves starting today: I've always been a pretty level-headed guy, so I don't really get nervous. It was exciting and I was pretty anxious to get out there, finally, on my own.
Junior infielder Erich Weiss On getting a few big hits early in the game: It was awesome. To be able to help your team like that is something that you really cherish.
On whether his team faced any pitching changes later in the game when they weren't hitting as well: A little bit. Their pitchers were pretty good. They have a really good team and you have to give them credit for pitching the way they did. We squared-up a lot of balls that went right to defenders. We got past that and we played defense. Our defense kept