STANFORD, Calif. – Behind a dominant pitching performance by freshman Ty Madden, No. 12 Texas Baseball shut out No. 6 Stanford, 4-0, in the series opener Thursday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
Madden spun an absolute gem, pitching seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in his second career start and fourth appearance. He allowed just five hits in his seven innings on the mound.
The Cypress, Texas product, got out of a tough spot in the fifth inning with two runners on base and nobody out. He managed to get out of the jam with a strikeout, a pop up and a groundout.
The next inning, Madden coaxed a big double play to erase a leadoff walk. After high-stress innings in the fifth and sixth, Madden finished his night with a perfect seventh inning.
Stanford starting pitcher, Brendan Beck, went toe-to-toe with Madden and the game was scoreless going to the ninth inning. The Longhorns finally got to Beck in the ninth.
Duke Ellis got it all started with a leadoff infield single to open the ninth inning. Eric Kennedy followed with a walk to put two runners on and Austin Todd sacrificed them into scoring position.
After an intentional walk to Zach Zubia, Ryan Reynolds drove in the first run with a bases-loaded walk.
Tate Shaw delivered the big blow, with a two-run single through the right side of the infield. The fourth run came home when Shaw scored on a wild pitch.
Kamron Fields pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two batters to pick up his first win of the season.
Texas and Stanford continue the series Friday night at 8:05 p.m. CT at Sunken Diamond.