UT cruises to 9-2 win over A&M-CC

AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 25 Texas Longhorns continued their hot hitting to take a 6-1 lead after four innings and coasted to a 9-2 win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday.

Coming off a season-high 19 hits in Saturday’s 14-3 win at Texas Tech, the Longhorns registered 12 hits through the first four innings to take a 6-1 lead. Erich Weiss went 3-for-4 with one run, one double, one hit-by-pitch and three RBI to lead the Texas offense. Mark Payton went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt and three RBI. Taylor Stell went 2-for-3 with two runs, one walk, one double and one sacrifice bunt. Jonathan Walsh and Alex Silver each added two RBI. Silver extended his team-long hit streak to 16 games.

The Longhorns pounced on the Islanders early with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Payton hit a leadoff single up the middle to extend his streak of games reaching base to 31, including all 30 games of 2012. Payton advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stell and scored when Weiss laced a single into the gap in left centerfield to stake the Horns to a 1-0 lead.

Texas (18-12) pushed to 3-0 with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Stell doubled down the leftfield line to start the frame and moved to third on a single to rightfield by Weiss. A fielder’s choice grounder put Walsh on third and Silver followed with a single to center to drive in Stell. With two outs, Walsh scored on a single to leftfield by Jordan Etier to give Texas the three-run lead.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-19) shaved a run off the lead with three infield singles off Texas reliever John Curtiss in the top of the fourth. The Islanders’ Eric Weiss hit a leadoff single down the third base line to start the frame and moved to second on a groundout by Jonathan Gonzales. With two outs, Jordan Lee singled to third base to put runners on the corners. Jeramie Marek followed with a dribbler down the third base line that Curtiss mistakenly picked up rather than allowing it to roll foul and Weiss scored on the single to cut the lead to 3-1.

Texas put up a big inning in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Payton reached on a bunt single. On a balk call by the umpire, Stell hit a slow roller to third base. The Islanders appeared to think it was a dead ball, but Stell continued to first base for the single, putting two runners on. Erich Weiss doubled to left field to knock in Payton and Walsh followed with a single to right field to score a pair and Texas took a 6-1 lead.

The Islanders would add a run before the Longhorns registered three runs without a hit in the eighth inning to increase the lead to 9-2.

Dillon Peters (2-0) worked 3.0 scoreless innings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, allowing one hit while striking out three to earn the win. Parker French tallied two scoreless innings with one walk and one hit batter. Milner entered the game with the tying run on deck with no outs in the top of the eighth and retired all six batters he faced, including three via strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.