June 1, 2008
Texas throttles Sam Houston
By Allen Brown
HOUSTON - The Texas Longhorns’ bats came out swinging in a big
way in Game 3 of the Houston Regional at Reckling Park,
propelling the Horns to a 12-0 lead after two innings and
allowing the Longhorns (38-21) to coast to an easy 13-3 victory
Saturday over the Sam Houston State Bearkats (37-25).
After Michael Torres singled sharply on the very first pitch of
the game for Texas, Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell hit
back-to-back home runs to give the Horns a 3-0 lead before SHSU
could record an out. While SHSU starter Ryan Tepera (3-3) was
able to escape further damage in the first, the Horns jumped all
over him in the second with one out as Travis Tucker tripled,
Torres singled him in and then Danks walked. Bearkat coach Mark
Johnson then summoned lefty Brent Powers to pitch to the
left-handing hitting Russell. Russell worked the count to full
and then blasted a tape measure home run to right center to give
the Horns a 7-0 lead.
When the dust settled in the second inning, the Horns scored
nine times on seven hits and an error and took a 12-0 lead.
“The game was pretty much decided
in the first two innings," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido.
"We controlled the momentum of the
game (from that point) … (our hitters) built off of each other,
that’s the way it works.”
Freshman ace Chance Ruffin made the 12-0 lead stand up as he
worked six solid innings allowing seven hits and no walks while
striking out 10. There was speculation that the Longhorn
coaching staff would elect to remove Ruffin from the game once
the Horns managed a 12-0 lead after their first two at bats.
Coach Garrido succinctly summarized his decision to leave Ruffin
in the game for six innings and ninety-four pitches.
ever see the Missouri score ?”, Garrido said, referring to UT’s momentous 31-12
loss to Missouri on April 11, 2008.
Coach Garrido did indicate that he felt that Ruffin could still
come back on Monday if Texas has a game on Monday.
“I could pitch as many innings as my team needs me to pitch
tomorrow,” Ruffin said, despite working six innings this afternoon.
Besides the two home runs from Russell and the Danks dinger,
nine-hole hitter Travis Tucker and leadoff man Michael Torres
both had four hits for Texas. Both were only a home run short of
hitting of the cycle.
Coach Garrido was unsure of his pitching plans for Sunday but
indicated that Austin Wood will likely start the Sunday early
game but that Riley Boening and Brandon Workman were also