Feb. 26, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas - Three Texas Longhorns pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and Kevin Keyes hit a grand slam in the fifth inning for a 6-0 win over the Stanford Cardinal in collegiate baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Longhorns' starter Taylor Jungmann (2-0) battled through early control problems to keep Stanford scoreless through 7.0 innings. The sophomore scattered four hits and a career-high four walks while striking out 10. Stayton Thomas worked 0.2 innings, allowing one hit while striking out one. Andrew McKirahan closed out the game by retiring all four batters he faced, including one strikeout.

Texas (3-2) jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the third inning with a little bit of small ball. Jordan Etier started the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tant Shepherd. With one out, Cameron Rupp drove a line drive to the gap in right centerfield for a double, pushing Etier across for the 1-0 lead.

The Longhorns inflated the cushion to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Shepherd singled up the middle to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Loy. Cameron Rupp was hit by a pitch and Russell Moldenhauer drew a walk to load the bases. On a 1-0 offering, Kevin Keyes blasted a grand slam that sailed over the right centerfield wall bringing the Texas lead to five runs

Texas pegged its last run of the night in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Etier singled to shallow right and Shepherd singled up the middle to put runners at the corners. Loy bounced into an RBI fielder's choice to push Etier across for the insurance run.

Keyes led the Texas offensive firepower going 1-for-4 with a grand slam. Etier went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Rupp went 1-for-2 with one run scored, one RBI, and one walk.

Jordan Pries (1-1) was saddled with the loss for Stanford (4-1). He allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks over 5.1 innings. Zach Jones had two hits to lead the Cardinal offense.

Texas and Stanford return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.