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Shugart, Petrinsky lead Texas baseball past Texas Southern in NCAAs

Starting pitcher Chase Shugart scattered four hits over six scoreless innings to lead the Texas baseball team to a 10-0 rout of Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Championship at UFCU Disch-Falk Field (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

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.

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .