UT wins fourth straight with run-rule vic­tory vs. Is­lan­ders

Kennedy pitches first ca­reer com­plete game, strikes out 11.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff

Texas A&M-Cor­pus Christi scored two runs in the first in­ning, but it was all Texas af­ter that as the Longhorns baseball team de­feated the Is­lan­ders via run rule, 12-2 in seven in­nings in Cor­pus Christi on Tues­day night.

Tate Shaw hit a grand slam and fin­ished with five RBIs, while Michael Cantu hit a home run as Texas won its fourth straight game. Shaw fin­ished the game with one hit, two walks and three runs scored. Cantu was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a dou­ble and three RBIs in the re­turn to his home­town.

Nick Kennedy (4-0) earned the win for Texas (18-10), pitch­ing his first ca­reer com­plete game while al­low­ing two runs on seven hits and strik­ing out a ca­reer-high 11.

Bret Boswell had two RBIs, and Kody Cle­mens was 3 for 3 with a dou­ble and an RBI.

Things didn’t start too well for the Longhorns as Cullen Jozwiak led off the bot­tom half of the first in­ning with a solo home run to put the Is­lan­ders ahead first. The Is­lan­ders added an­other run later in the in­ning to take a 2-0 lead be­fore Texas re­sponded.

Af­ter Austin Todd reached base on a fielder’s choice and two Longhorns were hit by Is­lan­ders (9-16) starter Nolan Hol­land, Shaw cleared the bases with his sec­ond home run of the sea­son. The Longhorns didn’t look back af­ter that.

Hol­land (0-2) took the loss, al­low­ing seven earned runs on two hits through 3⅔ in­nings. He walked four, struck out four and hit four bat­ters.

Texas took full con­trol of the game in the fourth in­ning, scor­ing five runs with two outs. Travis Jones scored on a wild pitch be­fore Boswell hit a tworun sin­gle to put the Longhorns up 7-2. Cantu dou­bled to score Boswell, and Cle­mens’ RBI sin­gle later in the in­ning made it 9-2.

Cantu made it 11-2 with a homer in the sixth with Shaw on base. Shaw grounded out in the sev­enth, which al­lowed David Hamil­ton to score the fi­nal run for Texas.

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