AUSTIN — The Texas baseball team opened its three-game Fall World Series Monday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with the Orange team taking a 1-0 victory over the White team in seven innings.
Junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa provided the game’s only scoring with a first inning, two-out solo home run to right field to give the Orange team the early lead.
It proved to be the only run they would need on the night, as three right-handed pitchers combined for the shutout for the Orange squad. Freshman Connor Mayes picked up the win, tossing three scoreless innings with three strikeouts, while only allowing two hits and one walk.
Sophomore Andy McGuire tossed a perfect fourth inning while striking out two, and senior Parker French recorded three strikeouts in the final three frames, while only allowing one hit to pick up the save.
The first three batters in the lineup for the Orange team, sophomore outfielder Zane Gurwitz, redshirt freshman infielder Bret Boswell and Hinojosa combined for five of the team’s seven hits on the night, as Gurwitz and Boswell had two hits apiece, to go along with Hinojosa’s home run in the first inning. Boswell also walked in the game, and one of Gurwitz’s hits was a leadoff double to the right field wall.
Senior second baseman Brooks Marlow added a single, and freshman first baseman Travis Jones went 1-for-2 in the game with a single, a stolen base and a walk.
Junior outfielder Ben Johnson, senior outfielder Collin Shaw and freshman infielder Jake McKenzie each singled for the White team, and Shaw added a stolen base.
Despite the loss, the pitchers on the White squad had an impressive night, tossing a combined seven innings of one run ball with six strikeouts, while only surrendering seven hits and three walks. Freshman right-handers Tyler Schimpf and Kyle Johnston each threw three innings with three strikeouts, with Schimpf surrendering the game’s only run on the homer in the first. Junior left-hander Travis Duke worked a scoreless fourth inning in-between the two freshmen and surrendered just a single.
The three freshmen pitchers that saw action in the game (Mayes, Schimpf and Johnston) worked a combined nine innings with nine strikeouts, allowing eight hits, four walks, and one run.
The two teams will return to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the white team looking to even up the series. Sophomore RHP Kacy Clemens is expected to start for the Orange team while sophomore LHP Josh Sawyer will take the mound for the White team.
Admission and parking is free for all Fall World Series games.