No. 16 Baseball posts 17-4 win over VCU
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 16 Texas Longhorns started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005, posting a 17-4 win over Virginia Commonwealth (0-2) in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Longhorns were paced by junior transfer Michael Torres who went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and five RBI in his second game in burnt orange. Brandon Belt, a junior college transfer, went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs scored.
Cole Green pitched four innings in his first career start, yielding one run on three hits and four walks while striking out three. Keith Shinaberry (1-0) earned the win with 1.2 innings of relief. Chance Ruffin picked up his first career save with 3.1 innings of hitless shutout work, fanning four.
Matt Leskiw went 3-for-5 with one double with two RBI. RJ Schenk and Brad Bonney each logged two hits for VCU.
The series wraps up Sunday with a noon contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
TEXAS POSTGAME QUOTES
Then on the offensive side of it I think we're getting our bunts down, we're taking our walks, we've swung at six bad pitches in two days and I think that yesterday we went six innings without swinging and missing a ball. We either fouled it off or hit it. The hitting has been consistent. One thing that I have warned our players about is when you do hit the ball hard and you make outs it's depressing, if you let it be. So if you're really a good hitting team you're going to hit a lot of balls hard and they're going to catch them and when they do you have to know you got the job done.
DH Kevin Keyes
2B Michael Torres
On his defensive performance: On defense I'm feeling really good. I'm getting use to the astro-turf and we take a lot of ground balls and we work hard in the infield and then we have wristbands that tell us the defensive positioning that helps us get certain jumps on balls and puts us in good positions.
RF Kyle Russell
On the impressive victory today: Well, it shows that we have confidence in our offense and defense. The guys have come out here and really shown great aggressiveness at the plate and gotten their base hits when we need to get base hits and we've gotten our outs when we needed to get our outs. I think we are really a strong team.
RHP Chance Ruffin