Baseball overpowers UT San Antonio, 14-9
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 7 Texas used a seven-run third inning, including a grand slam home run by Bradley Suttle to motor past UT San Antonio for a 14-9 win in collegiate baseball action Tuesday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the third, Texas got its offense started with a walk by Brett Lewis and bunt single by Nick Peoples. After a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third, Chance Wheeless plated Lewis with a double. Kyle Russell drew a walk to load the bases, setting up a grand slam by Suttle, giving UT a 5-4 lead it would never relinquish. It was UT's first grand slam since the 2004 season. The Horns added two more runs in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Chais Fuller and an RBI single by Lewis.
Texas (26-9) inflated the cushion to 9-4 in the fourth inning as Wheeless doubled down the rightfield line and Russell hit his 18th home run of the season down the leftfield line. He leads the nation with his 18 home runs.
Suttle ended the game 2-for-2 with one home run and four RBI. Wheeless went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Peoples went 3-for-4 with two runs. Lewis and Russell both ended the day with two runs scored and two RBI.
UT San Antonio (17-12) was led by Michael Rockett who went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, two runs scored and five RBI. James Keithley went 3-for-5 with two runs and Tim Palinscar, Ryan Saltzgaber and Mitch Ponza each logged two hits.
Blake Brannon (1-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks over 2.1 innings.
Texas returns to action on Thursday as the Horns travel to Lawrence, Kan., for a 7 p.m. contest against the Jayhawks.