COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 1 Texas Baseball blasted three home runs on the way to a 9-5 win to open the series with South Carolina on Saturday at Founders Park.
The Longhorns (13-2) and Gamecocks (7-6) will square off in a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. (CT).
Ivan Melendez had a huge day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two homers and four total RBI. He homered in the first and eighth innings.
Douglas Hodo III had a three-hit game, including a two RBI triple, while Murphy Stehly was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Trey Faltine also hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-5 at the plate.
Pete Hansen battled through six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out six batters and picked up his third win of the season.
Melendez wasted no time in giving the Longhorns the lead, launching a two-run homer off the batter’s eye in center field in the top of the first inning. Hodo started the game with a single before scoring on the Melendez homer.
The lead was short–lived though as South Carolina came right back with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead.
The Longhorns jumped back in front with two more runs in the top of the second inning. Stehly and Faltine both singled before Hodo drove them in with a two-run triple off the wall in right-center field.
The Gamecocks tied the game up, 4-4 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to center field. Hansen was able to limit the damage to just one run with an inning-ending strikeout.
No. 1 Texas took the lead back in the top of the fifth with three two-out runs on four hits. Stehly hit a two-out double before Skyler Messinger drove him in with an RBI single to right field. Faltine then extended the lead with a two-run homer to right field to make the score 7-4.
South Carolina got a run back in the fifth, hitting a solo homer to start the inning.
Melendez launched his second homer of the game, another two-run shot, in the top of the 8th to extend the Longhorns lead to 9-5.
Travis Sthele pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Jared Southard pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish off the game.