UCLA outlasts No. 1 Texas 5-1 in Houston tourney

Stanford beats Texas 8-3

By Kevin Rodriguez

HOUSTON, Texas — No. 1 Texas Baseball dropped its first game of the season, falling to UCLA, 5-1, on Sunday at the Shriner’s Children’s College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

The Longhorns (11-1) will head back to central Texas to play a pair of midweek games against Texas State. The Longhorns and Bobcats will play Tuesday in San Marcos and Wednesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

UCLA scored the first run of the game in the top of the third, starting the inning with a double that came around to score on a sacrifice fly.

Ivan Melendez tied the game up 1-1 in the fourth inning with a solo homer, blasted over the train tracks in left field.

Lucas Gordon started and pitched four innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and one walk.

The Bruins retook the lead, 3-1, in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs off of reliever Lebarron Johnson Jr. Ace Whitehead was able to get out of the inning without any more damage done.

Another UCLA run came home in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 4-1. Daniel Blair was able to get the Longhorns out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.

Blair had a quality relief outing, pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Coy Cobb pitched 1.2 innings out of the bullpen for his season debut, but was charged for one run.

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Silas Ardoin was the only Longhorn with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4. Kimble Scheussler made his first start of the season behind the plate and got his first hit as a Longhorn.