AUSTIN, Texas – Five Columbia hitters tallied two hits Friday night, with Nick Maguire and Mike Fischer each driving in a run, but No. 20 Texas came away with a 7-3 victory in the series opener Friday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
After a scoreless three innings, Columbia threatened to get on the board in the top of the fourth, but Robb Paller was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Fischer’s single to left, ending the inning.
The Longhorns broke through in the bottom half of the inning though, plating a pair of runs. Collin Shaw drove in the first run with a triple down the right field line, and then Tres Barrera brought him home with a double down the opposite line.
Columbia once again lost its first possible run to a play at the plate in the top of the fifth when David Vandercook was tagged out after a Jordan Serena single to center. Serena then stole second but Texas closed out the inning with a pop up in foul territory.
Texas went on to add three more runs in the bottom half of the inning, beginning with an RBI single from Brooks Marlow. Shaw picked up two more RBI with a single through the right side, making it a 5-0 Texas advantage.
Columbia got on the board in the top of the sixth with an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Fischer. Paller started the inning with a double to right field and then Maguire and Gus Craig walked to load the bases. Fischer then stood in and hit a fly ball out to right, giving Paller the chance to tag up and score. It would be the only run the Lions would get in the inning though, making it a 5-1 ballgame.
Ben Johnson got the run right back for Texas in the bottom half of the frame, earning the RBI on a single up the middle. The Longhorns went ahead 7-1 in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch.
The Lions looked to put a rally together in the top of the ninth, when Serena reached on an error with one out and then Aaron Silbar doubled down the right field line. Morgan Cooper was then called for a balk to send Serena home and moving Silbar up to third.
Following a Paller line out, Maguire sought to keep the Lions alive with a two-out RBI double out to the right center gap. Joey Falcone then stepped in as a pinch-hitter, but his long drive to deep center was caught just before the warning track to end the game.
Dillon Peters earned the win for Texas, his third of the season, while Cooper earned the save. David Speer suffered his second loss, throwing six innings and giving up six earned runs, while striking out two. Matt Robinson came on in relief in the seventh for Columbia, pitching two innings and giving up just one earned run. Robinson also struck out two batters.
The weekend schedule was adjusted earlier in the day due to impending weather and the teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can follow all the action on the Longhorn Network or with live stats through TexasSports.com.