Alaniz pitches Baseball to 5-1 win over Missouri
AUSTIN, Texas -- Junior Adrian Alaniz picked up his 12th win of the season leading No. 5 Texas to a 5-1 win over Missouri in Big 12 Conference action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Alaniz yielded just one on three hits and two walks while striking out four Tigers over 8.1 innings to run his season record to 12-2. Joseph Krebs fanned the final two batters to close out the game.
Chais Fuller led UT's offense going 3-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. Fuller equaled a career-high in hits and set a new career high in RBI.
Texas (38-13, 18-5) drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bradley Suttle singled back to the pitcher and Preston Clark doubled down the leftfield line to put two runners in scoring position. After the next two Longhorns were set down on strikes, Fuller blasted a single up the middle, staking Texas to a 2-0 lead.
The Longhorns tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Clark hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Lusson. Russell Moldenhauer was hit by a pitch and Fuller followed with a single to centerfield, plating Clark. After Travis Tucker singled to load the bases, Kyle Russell drove in two runs with a single through the right side of the infield, inflating the cushion to 5-0.
Missouri (32-13, 13-7) scored its lone run in the top of the ninth inning. Brock Bond was hit by a pitch and Ryan Lollis hit a ground-rule double over the rightfield fence, putting runners at second and third. After Jacob Priday drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Krebs was brought in to close the door with back-to-back strikeouts.
Fuller, Clark and Tucker each had multiple hits for Texas. Clark went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Tucker went 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
John McKee was Missouri's lone offensive highlight, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
Rick Zagone (6-1) was saddled with the loss for Missouri. He yielded five runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.2 innings.
Texas and Missouri complete the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.