No. 9 Texas rallies for 7-6 win over Hogs

Texas baseball

By Kevin Rodriguez

AUSTIN, Texas – Taking advantage of 14 walks, No. 9 Texas Baseball rallied for a 7-6 win over No. 11 Arkansas on Wednesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The Longhorns (16-8, 2-1 Big 12) used six hits, 14 walks, four hit batters and a Razorback error to grab the win. Masen Hibbeler and Zach Zubia each produced two hits in the game and Zubia drove in a pair of runs.

Arkansas scored four runs on four hits and an error in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Texas got two runs back in the third inning after Lance Ford and Hibbeler both singled to lead off the frame. Eric Kennedy walked with two outs to load the bases. Zubia was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run and Ryan Reynolds walked to make it 4-2.

The Razorbacks got one run right back on a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning.

The Longhorns scored a run on an error in the bottom of the fourth to trim the Razorbacks lead to 5-3. One more run came home in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Michael McCann to make the score 5-4.

After chipping away at the Arkansas lead for three innings, Texas finally grabbed the lead with a three-run sixth inning. All of the runs came with two outs, starting with an RBI single by Zubia to tie the game. Tate Shaw drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk and McCann was hit by a pitch to make it 7-5.

Cole Quintanilla pitched the final three innings to record his fourth save of the season. He struck out three batters and allowed just one run on one hit.

The Longhorns used seven total pitchers in the game: starter Kolby Kubichek and relievers Mason Bryant, Nico O’Donnell, Matteo Bocchi, Matt Whelan, Tristan Stevens and Quintanilla. Stevens was credited with the win.

Texas travels to travels to Fort Worth for a three-game series with No. 22 TCU, closing out a stretch of playing 15-of-17 and eight-straight games against nationally ranked teams. The series gets underway Friday at 6:30 p.m.