AUSTIN, Texas – No. 20 Texas used strong starting pitching from Parker French and Nathan Thornhill to capture a pair of wins Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Saturday afternoon. Jordan Serena and David Vandercook each had three hits on the day for the Lions.
GAME ONE RECAP
Starting pitcher Joey Donino gave up just three hits in 6.1 innings of work, while David Vandercook and Jordan Serena each knocked two hits, but Columbia fell in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader to No. 20 Texas, 6-1.
The first two innings of the game were very active, as Texas plated three runs, while the Lions scored one. Texas’ C.J. Hinojosa earned the game’s first RBI with a ground out to second that scored Brooks Marlow.
Columbia came right back in the top of the second with a run of its own in the form of an RBI double to right center from David Vandercook. Catcher Mike Fischer walked with two outs to keep the inning going and then Vandercook brought him all the way around when he laced a 1-1 pitch to the gap.
Marlow gave the Longhorns the lead right back though in the bottom half of the frame when he singled to right field to score Kacy Clemens and Tres Barrera.
The next four innings would pass scoreless, as Columbia starting pitcher Joey Donino retired 13 of the next 14 hitters he faced, with two strikeouts along the way. Donino finished his outing in the top of the seventh, going 6.1 innings and allowing just three hits and four earned runs.
Texas was able to add two more runs to its tally after the pitching change when Hinojosa lined a shot back the mound, caroming to the left side of the infield. The play allowed Clemens to score initially from third and the Lions attempt to get Hinojosa out at first went by the bag, giving Ben Johnson the chance to score from second.
The Longhorns would add another run in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 6-1 lead heading to the Lions’ final turn at the plate. With two outs, Fischer and Vandercook walked to give Columbia a pair of baserunners, but Travis Duke got a strikeout for Texas to end the game.
Parker French earned his third win of the year for Texas, working 7.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits.
GAME TWO RECAP
Texas starting pitcher Nathan Thornhill tossed eight innings and gave up just five hits, as Texas took the final game of the series, 11-0.
Columbia managed just two hits through the first seven innings of the game, while Texas posted runs in six of the first seven frames.
The Lions seemed to have finally cracked through on Thornhill in the top of the eighth, as John Kinne, Will Savage and Jordan Serena all singled to load the bases with one out, but the Texas defense turned a 1-6-4-3 double play to end the frame.
John Curtiss came on to finish the game in the ninth for the Longhorns, getting a ground out and two fly outs.
Columbia will head back to the Empire State for a midweek showdown at Army on Wednesday, March 26. First pitch of that game is set for 3:30 p.m. in West Point. The Lions will begin Ivy League play a week from today when they host Brown for a doubleheader at Robinson Field at Satow Stadium.