No. 5 Texas Takes Series-Opener Against Brown, 8-0
Austin, Texas – The Brown baseball team continued to test itself on Friday night as they took on No. 5 Texas, just four days after opening the season against No. 2 Vanderbilt. The Longhorns (9-4) were able to get their offense rolling early scoring four in the first inning on their way to a 8-0 win over the Bears (0-4).
The Bears continued its tour of the nation's best arms as they squared off against Texas' junior fireballer Taylor Jungmann, who was a First Team All-America selection last season. Last week, Brown took on another all-American in Vandy's Sonny Grey.
Despite the presence of some big arms, it was the Longhorn offense that made noise first. Three-straight singles by the first three batters in the Texas order in the top of the first inning, the second and third coming on bunts, led to a 1-0 Longhorn lead. Texas picked up a second run on a reach-on-error while a two-run RBI single accounted for the third and fourth runs of the frame.
The Bears got their first hit of the game when freshman outfielder Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) singled to center in the top of the second.One of Brown's most disciplined hitters, senior catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) was able to work a walk against Jungmann in the third inning, and then stole second base, to put a runner in scoring position for the Bears. Both times, the Longhorns ace was able to work his way out of trouble however, retiring the side with a strikeout.
Texas added a fifth run in the bottom of the third on an RBI-triple from senior Tant Sheppard and added the sixth on an single by Jordan Etier two batters later.
After giving up some early runs, reigning Ivy League Pitcher or the Week Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) settled down and kept the Longhorns off the board for three-straight innings.
Senior Connor Burke (Andover, Mass.) entered the game in relief to start the seventh inning and struck out the first batter of the frame. Even though a runner was able to score off a failed pick-off attempt, Burke stayed strong and struck out the final two hitter of the inning to strand runners on second and third.
A double and a single to lead off the bottom of the eighth led to Texas' eighth run of the game but Burke worked his way out of further trouble to complete a full two-innings pitched in relief in spite of the 8-0 final score.
Massey was able to figure out Jungmann and finished the night 2-for-3 with two singles. Junior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) was responsible for the Bears other hit, singling in the top of the eighth.
The Bears and Longhorns square off in a double-header tomorrow afternoon in Austin at 1 p.m. EST.