April 22, 2007

Baseball Round Up -- Texas v. Nebraska

The Longhorn baseball team bounced back from a disastrous Friday night to take a 3-game series against Nebraska, winning Saturday and Sunday in impressive fashion. Nebraska was coming off series wins against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and presented a significant challenge for the Horns.

Nebraska pitcher Tony Watson pitched a complete game two-hitter on Friday night as Nebraska won 7-0. James Russell (8-3) took the loss for the Horns.

Adrian Alaniz (10-2) and the Texas offense proved Friday night was an abberation in a 8-4 win. Kyle Russell hit his school record 22nd HR of the season in the top of the first, but Texas would have to rally from down 4-2 after three innings. Texas responded with three in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Alaniz would go 7 2/3 innings and Randy Boone would work the final 1 1/3.

Adrian Alaniz

Texas earned its eleventh straight series victory with a win on Sunday. The game was delayed nearly 40 minutes in the third inning because of rain. Joesph Krebs (5-0) picked up the win for the Horns with 6 1/3 solid innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits. Kyle Russell hit is 23rd HR of the season in the top of the first to stake the Horns to a 2-0 lead. Nebraska tied it up in the bottom of the first but Texas would respond with four runs in the top of the third. Randy Boone finished the game off, pitching 2 2/3 innings, giving up only one hit and striking out three.

Texas has UT-Pan American on Tuesday night before travelling to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. Seemingly the only questions left for the Horns to answer are when will they seal the Big XII title and how many home runs can Kyle Russell hit?

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