AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns used three pitchers for a combined four-hit shutout Tuesday in the 4-0 win over the Houston Cougars at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns (22-17) evened its season series with the Cougars (27-14), ranked No. 30 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, after Houston defeated Texas, 4-3, last month in Houston.
Josh Urban went four innings while Travis Duke (3-0) was credited with the win on three shutout innings and two hits. First baseman Ty Marlow came in as a reliever in the eighth and struck out three in two innings to finish off the Cougars.
It was the fourth time this season that Texas shut out an opponent.
Erich Weiss, who missed action this weekend against West Virginia after being hit by a pitch last Friday and suffering a nasal bone fracture, belted his first home run of the season with a solo shot to right center in the first to give Texas the early 1-0 lead. In the Texas fifth, Weston Hall stole second and scored when C.J Hinojosa hit a two-out single to left for a 2-0 advantage.
Price Jacobs doubled off Duke to lead off the sixth with Ashford Fulmer drawing a walk. Josh Vidales attempted a bunt, but Duke fired a strike to third for the force. Kyle Survance singled to left to load the bases for Houston before Duke retired Frankie Ratcliff and Jonathan Davis to strand all three runners.
The Longhorns used the momentum to score twice in the bottom half of the sixth. After a passed ball moved runners to second and third, Ryan Vruggink uncorked a wild pitch to score Jacob Felts. Hall then blooped a double to center to score Brooks Marlow for the final run of the game. Ty Marlow left runners at second and third in the UH eighth by striking out Ratcliff for the final out and then retired the side in order in the ninth.
Texas resumes Big 12 play this weekend with a series at Baylor. Friday's game begins at 6:35 p.m.
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