No. 15/6 Stanford records 2-1 walk-off win over NR/No. 22 Baseball
March 3, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Lonnie Kauppila hit a one-out, RBI double to right center in the bottom of the ninth Sunday as the No. 15/6 Stanford Cardinal completed a three-game series sweep with the 2-1 victory over the NR/No. 22 Texas Longhorns. Kauppila scored Alex Blandino, who hit a single off Texas closer Corey Knebel (0-1).
Texas (6-5) dropped its fourth straight game and was swept at Stanford for the second straight year.
Garrett Hughes (2-0) got the win for Stanford (9-2) with one scoreless inning in relief. Nathan Thornhill had another solid effort for the Longhorns with six innings, allowing a run on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Bobby Zarubin pitched eight innings for the Cardinal, giving up one run on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Zarubin retired 13 straight batters before exiting in the ninth.
Austin Slater opened the Stanford half of the first with an infield single. Brian Ragira then drilled a double to left, sending Slater to third. Cardinal designated hitter Justin Ringo then hit an RBI groundout to plate Slater for the first run of the game for Stanford.
Texas opens an eight-game homestand on Tuesday (March 5) against UT Pan American at 4:30 p.m. Central. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network with radio on AM 1300 The Zone. Gametracker live stats will be available on TexasSports.com with live Twitter updates @Texas_Baseball.
Notes: With a single and walk today, Weston Hall reached base safely in six straight at-bats in two games for the Longhorns...Nathan Thornhill now has a 2.16 ERA in three starts for the Longhorns...despite being swept in the series, Texas was only out-scored by an 11-3 margin (eight runs) after being out-scored 28-5 in last year's series.
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Texas head coach Augie Garrido
On the Longhorns' starting pitching: Our pitching is going to be fine. We are trying too hard in key situations because we have been struggling so we are pressing at the plate with runners in scoring position. We are going to get a lot better.
Junior pitcher Nathan Thornhill
On what the team will focus on with upcoming eight-game home stand: I think getting this one off our minds and getting back on the diamond to compete again. Today was a lot different than yesterday like (Augie Garrido) said. We have a great group of guys and just have to get back to being ourselves and not trying too hard.