16 Feb

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Todd’s big hit lifts Texas to Opening Day win in 10

Bryce Elder & the Texas baseball team won on opening night in extra innings at Louisiana (Photo courtesy of Texas Sports).

Bryce Elder was masterful on the mound and Austin Todd smacked a two-run double in the 10th inning to give the Texas baseball team a 3-1 win over Louisiana to start the season in Lafayette, La.

On the road opening night on Friday, Elder pitched into the ninth and nearly went the distance while retiring 11 straight at one point, giving up only four hits with no walks at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field at Russo Park.

Todd looked like the Longhorns best hitter on Friday, going 3-for-4 with the go-ahead two RBIs. Ryan Reynolds was 2-for-4 in the win

Tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th, starting shortstop Bryce Reagan singled up the middle on a 1-2 count with one out. Duke Ellis walked after that to Reagan at second. After freshman Eric Kennedy lined out, Todd came up with two on and two out and doubled in the eventual game-winning runs to plate the pair.

Mason Bryant worked around a one-out single by striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the save, with Brandon Ivey, who got the last out of the ninth, picking up the victory.

Texas opened up a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning against the Ragin’ Cajuns, and it stayed that way until the ninth inning. After giving up a single, Elder gave way to Kam Fields as Louisiana manufactured a run through another hit, hit-by-pitch and fielder’s choice.

With runners on first and second, Ivey induced a line out to right to end the ninth.

The Longhorns play at Louisiana today at 2 p.m. for Game 2 of the series, with junior Blair Henley going for Texas and junior right-hander Brandon Young pitching for the Ragin' Cajuns.