AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longhorns freshman Lance Ford picked his moment and capitalized on it twice.
Ford hit the first home run of his Texas career in the second inning and then essentially ended the game with his second home run, a grand slam, in the sixth.
Ford’s two home runs carried the Longhorns to a 10-2 win over West Virginia salvaging a game in the critical Big 12 series and snapping a six game losing streak.
During the six game slide, the Longhorns have lost in about every way possible. Texas was outclassed during a three game sweep at the bats of Oklahoma State, lost in a walk off to Texas State and then dropped two one-run games this weekend against West Virginia.
Texas (25-21, 6-11) is fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament and needed at least one win this weekend against West Virginia. The last several weeks have shown the chinks in this Texas roster leading to a precipitous drop in performance after a strong start to the season.
Texas churned out 13 hits in the win. Pitcher Ty Madden earned the victory going six innings and allowing one earned run.