AUSTIN, Texas — San Diego scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to compete a 6-1 win against No. 8 Texas in the second game of a double-header Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The game had been a pitcher’s duel for the first eight innings, with the teams combining for just seven hits before the decisive ninth inning.
San Diego starting pitcher PJ Conlon (1.59 ERA, .153 opp. avg.) tossed six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five Texas batters before giving way to the bullpen. Jacob Hill (2-1) earned the win for the Toreros by tossing a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Texas (8-4) starter Josh Sawyer worked four scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Sawyer was relieved by Kacy Clemens, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings himself. Kyle Johnston (0-1) took the loss for the Horns, allowing one earned run in one inning of action.
The Toreros (4-6) rallied for six runs (four earned) in the final frame, doing it off of four Longhorn pitchers. Three hits, two walks and a Texas throwing error in the inning gave them a commanding 6-0 lead and the eventual doubleheader sweep.
Offensively for the Toreros, Kyle Holder led the way, as he went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Bryson Brigman, Colton Waltner, Jesse Jenner and Aidan Stinnett all recorded one hit apiece to round off the USD offense for the day.
Both teams battled to a scoreless tie through eight innings, but in the ninth, the San Diego offense came alive for the decisive six-run inning.
The Toreros scored first on a bases-loaded ground out to second base by John Grimsley, off of reliever Ty Culbreth, breaking the 0-0 tie. USD then tacked on three more runs on a bases-loaded bunt single by Holder and a two-run single hit up the middle from Waltner.
An RBI single from Jenner and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Stinnett bumped the lead to 6-0 at the end of the frame.
Texas then managed to push across one run in the bottom of the ninth on a Ben Johnson sacrifice fly, which scored Michael Stell, who pinch ran for Taylor Cantu, who reached on an infield single, to put the game at its final of 6-1.