AUSTIN, Texas — After falling behind 5-0 after four innings, the Texas Longhorns outscored the Vanderbilt Commodores 7-0 over the next eight innings to post a 7-5 win in a 12-inning exhibition at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday afternoon.
After allowing five runs in the first four innings, Sam Stafford, Kendal Carrillo, Austin Dicharry, Andrew McKirahan, Nathan Thornhill, Hoby Milner and Stayton Thomas combined for eight shutout innings down the stretch, scattering five hits and two walks.
Texas starter Cole Green allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two strikeouts over three innings. Sam Stafford allowed three runs on four hits in the fourth inning, but rebounded for a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, including two strikeouts.
Carrillo kept the Commodores at bay in the sixth and seventh innings. He gave up no hits and allowed a walk while striking out one over two shutout innings. Dicharry allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one in the eighth. McKirahan allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth. Thornhill and Milner each worked three-up, three-down innings with two strikes in the 10th and 11th innings, respectively. Thomas closed out the game scattering two hits and striking out one in the 12th.
Texas broke the scoring seal in the fifth inning. Cohl Walla reached on an error by the Vanderbilt pitcher. Jonathan Walsh plated him with a double down the rightfield line. A wild pitch allowed Walsh to move to third and Kevin Lusson drove him home with a one-out single to rightfield. Alex Silver closed the gap to 5-3 with a double to the gap in right centerfield, knocking in Lusson.
In the seventh inning, Kirby Bellow singled with two outs and Lusson plated him with a double down the rightfield.
Texas claimed its first lead in the eighth inning. Silver hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Summers. Felts walked to put a pair of runners on. Walla singled through the right side to drive in Silver with the tying run. Brandon Loy singled through the left side to give Texas a 6-5 lead.
With the victory sealed, Texas added a run in the bottom of the 12th. After three walks loaded the bases, Felts knocked in Paul Montalbano with a groundout to shortstop.
Lusson paced the Longhorns offense, going 2-for-4 with one double, one run and two RBI. Silver went 2-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI.
The exhibition game ended the Longhorns’ fall competition schedule. Texas 2011 season begins on Friday, Feb. 18 with a 3 p.m. contest against the Maryland Terrapins at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
My Thoughts on Vanderbilt
Loved the leadership that is in the dugout, the players have been taught the right way in their approaches at the plate. They will give teams in the SEC some trouble.
Very impressed with catcher Curtis Casali-great presence behind the plate makes the pitching staff that much better.