No. 3 Baseball takes 4-3 come-from-behind win over Texas State
March 9, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 3 Texas Longhorns found some late game heroics to edge the Texas State Bobcats 4-3 in collegiate baseball action Tuesday night.
Trailing 3-1, Texas (9-3) rallied in the bottom of the eighth to take a lead they would never relinquish. Brandon Loy and Cameron Rupp smacked back-to-back zingers up the middle to lead off the inning. With one out, Kevin Keyes walked to load the bases and Kyle Lusson grounded to short plating Rupp when Texas State was unable to complete the double play. Kevin Lusson walked to reload the bases with two outs. On a 1-1 count, Paul Montalbano sent a frozen rope to shallow center for a single scoring both pinch-runner Jonathan Walsh and Kyle Lusson to give the Longhorns the 4-3 lead.
The Bobcats leapt onto the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the fourth. Bret Atwood began the inning with a single to left field and stolen second base. With one out, Kyle Livingstone singled through the left side bringing Atwood around to score. After stealing second, Livingstone came around to score on a Jason Martinson double off of the left field wall.
The Longhorns cut the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh. Keyes started the inning by beating out a slow roller for a single, moved to second on sacrifice bunt by Kyle Lusson sacrifice bunt and came around to score when Kevin Lusson sent a shot that bounced off of the left centerfield wall for a double. In a pinch-hit appearance, Paul Montalbano chopped a ball to the pitcher and beat the throw to first to put runners on the corners. Jordan Etier laid down a bunt, but Livingstone came charging and made the play at home to end the Longhorns scoring chances that inning.
Texas State (5-6) tacked on an insurance run in the top of eighth. Daniel Neuman doubled off the right centerfield wall and advanced to third after a pair of groundouts. Neuman would then come home on a pass ball to increase the Texas State lead to 3-1.
Austin Dicharry exhibited a strong performance giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and four strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work. Stayton Thomas and Andrew McKirahan (1-0) combined to pitch a hitless eighth inning while Chance Ruffin picked up his fourth save of the year striking out one in the top of the ninth.
Texas State's Carson Smith put up equally impressive numbers in his start giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Garret Carruth (1-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks in one third of an inning.
Montalbano, who went 2-for-2 with two RBIs led the Texas offense. Keyes went 2-for-3 with a run scored and the Lusson brothers each had an RBI.
Texas returns to action on Friday with a 6:05 p.m. game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Head Coach Augie Garrido
On Paul Montalbano: Paul has taken six at-bats now and every one of them have been have been a quality at-bat. I thought the ball he hit against Houston was into left center field and I thought he tied the game with that one, but their shortstop made an outstanding play. He also takes pitches. He is a competitive, but relaxed hitter. In batting practice, he scores more balls than anybody. He doesn't hit them over the fence, but he hits them to all fields, which is why I have so much confidence in him. He separates the balls from the strikes and then he puts the barrel of the bat on the ball.
Pitcher Austin Dicharry
Third Baseman Kevin Lusson
On getting the double: That was a big momentum swing. I felt a little pressure on the first two at-bats, so for that one I told myself just to go out there and play the game like I knew how. He lit the fast ball up and I took advantage of it. I wanted to keep the inning going and give it to the next guy.
On coming from behind: It's a huge confidence booster, especially playing Texas State because they always play us pretty hard. It doesn't matter who we play, if we are down two or three runs, we will treat it like we are in Omaha and we need to come back from behind.
On what was on his mind when stepping up to bat: Mostly it's not to strike out and put the ball in play. I was just trying to help the team and get a base hit. It happened this time, so I am pretty happy.
On Coach Garrido's confidence: It helps to know that he has confidence in me. I just hope that I can keep things rolling and we can keep winning.