CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — No. 1 Texas Baseball completed the sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 5-4 win on Wednesday at Whataburger Field. For the series, Longhorns pitching held the Islanders to just four total hits and no earned runs.
The Longhorns improved to 5-0 on the season and will host Alabama, who also sits at 5-0.
Lucas Gordon pitched five innings and was the recipient of some tough luck, giving up four unearned runs on just one hit. The first three baserunners that reached against Gordon were all on errors before he gave up his first hit with two outs in the fifth.
Daniel Blair pitched a scoreless sixth inning with two strikeouts and picked up his first career win. Luke Harrison was also outstanding in relief, pitching two shutout innings with a strikeout. Aaron Nixon closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.
With the game tied 4-4 after six innings, Skyler Messinger drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.
Silas Ardoin went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored, while Eric Kennedy went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The Islanders scored the first run of the game on a series of free-passes in the second inning. A two-base error started the inning and back-to-back wild pitches allowed the run to come around and score.
Texas grabbed the lead with two runs in the top of the third after Eric Kennedy started the inning with a single and a stolen base. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Silas Ardoin and Austin Todd allowed the runs to cross the plate.
Ivan Melendez drove in another run in the fourth inning with an RBI fielder’s choice to score Trey Faltine from third. Another run scored in the fifth after Ardoin doubled and scored on an RBI single by Faltine to make the lead 4-1
A&M-Corpus tied the game up with three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up 4-4.
No. 1 Texas retook the lead, 5-4, in the seventh inning after Ardoin singled to start the inning and came all the way around to score on a sacrifice fly by Messinger.