Texas baseball took a break from conference play this weekend and welcomed in New Orleans for a 3 game series. Despite dropping the series finale, the Longhorns took 2 out of 3 games from the Privateers.
The series opener featured a Texas comeback after the Longhorns fell behind 4-0. After Texas scored 4 runs in the 5th and another in the 6th to take the lead, New Orleans responded with 2 runs in the 7th to take a 6-5 lead. A bases loaded walk by Masen Hibbeler would knot the score again going into the 8th. In the bottom half of the inning, Zach Zubia blasted the go ahead home run and Duke Ellis added an RBI groundout to give Texas a 8-6 lead. Andy McGuire locked down his 6th save of the season with a scoreless 9th inning.
Game 2 featured an outstanding performance on the mound for Texas starter Chase Shugart, who allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, striking out 5. At the plate, Texas plated 2 runs in the 1st on an RBI single by Hibbeler and sacrifice fly by Andy McGuire. With the Longhorns leading 2-1 in the 8th, Ryan Reynolds added an insurance run on a RBI single, giving Texas the winning margin of 3-1.
New Orleans starter John Stephens held the Texas bats in check in the series finale, leading the Privateers to a 4-1 win. The lefty allowed 1 run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out 3. It was a rough day defensively for Texas. All 4 New Orleans were unearned and the result of 3 Longhorn errors. The lone Texas run came courtesy of a solo home run by Ryan Reynolds.
Texas will host Houston this Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup before jumping back into conference play with a 3 game weekend series at West Virginia.