By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas baseball coach David Pierce lightheartedly said Thursday that the best thing that could happen for his Longhorns on Friday in their opening game of the NCAA Austin Regional against Texas Southern was for starting pitcher Chase Shugart to throw a complete-game shutout.
Shugart (5-3) did his best to live up to Pierce’s expectations, hurling six innings of scoreless, four-hit baseball while the Texas offense feasted on the mistakes of his Texas Southern counterparts as the Longhorns rolled to an easy-as-it-sounds 10-0 win over the Tigers before a sold-out crowd of 6,914 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Longhorns’ win set up the winners’ bracket matchup most fans hoped for when this regional field was announced: Texas will face Texas A&M, a 10-3 winner over outmanned Indiana in Friday’s first game. [article-offer]