Texas Tops Army, 3-1
May 29, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 5 Texas Longhorns held the Army Black Knights to one run on four hits and opened NCAA Regional action with a 3-1 win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday night.
Texas starter Cole Green (5-2) scattered four hits and three walks over 7.0 innings to allow just one run while striking out six. Austin Wood pitched 2.0 hitless innings to close out the game for his 15th save of the season. He moved into a third-place tie with Huston Street on UT's single-season save list. The duo now trails only J. Brent Cox (2005) and Charlie Thames (2000) who both logged 19 saves.
Green was also forced into batting duties on the day when Brandon Belt was forced out of the game after being hit by pitch in the first inning. The Longhorns lost the designated hitter option when Preston Clark had to move from the DH spot to take Belt's spot at first base. Green had two plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt.
Texas (42-13-1) drew first blood in the home half of the third inning. Travis Tucker drew a walk to start the inning and moved to second on Green's sacrifice bunt. The Longhorns would have had runners on the corners on Michael Torres' single to leftfield, but Tucker was waved home where he was gunned down by Army leftfielder Ben Koenigsfeld. Torres moved to second on the play at the plate and stole third base, setting up an RBI single to centerfield by Cameron Rupp.
The Longhorns tacked on another run in the fourth. Clark hit a single to centerfield and Kevin Keyes walked to start the inning. Tant Shepherd pushed the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Connor Rowe plated Clark with a sacrifice squeeze bunt for the 2-0 lead.
The Texas lead ballooned to 3-0 in the sixth. Clark hit a leadoff double to the gap in right centerfield and scored on Keyes' single up the middle.
Army (34-20) broke the scoring seal in the top of the seventh. Kevin McKague singled up the middle to start the inning and Koenigsfeld singled down the leftfield line to put runners at the corners. J.P. Polchinski plated McKague with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-1.
Wood closed out the game striking out three of the seven batters he faced, allowing just a walk in his two frames.
Clark led Texas at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs.
Koenigsfeld paced Army, going 2-for-4.
Matt Fouch (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Black Knights. He yielded three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out one over 7.0 innings.
Texas returns to action on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. game against Boston College. Army plays Texas State in an elimination game at Noon on Saturday.