The Texas baseball team got back in the win column Tuesday after dropping two out of three games at the Houston College Classic.
Senior outfielder Tyler Maitland hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Longhorns a 2-1 win over Dallas Baptist at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Before that inning, Texas had just three hits, but sophomore infielder Alex Silver’s bloop single in the 12th got the rally started. Taylor Stell pinch-ran for Silver and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Kirby Bellow. That’s when things got dramatic.
The Patriots tried to set up a double play by intentionally walking Jordan Etier, and Mark Payton appeared to oblige the move when he hit a slow roller to short stop. The sophomore Payton was able to beat the relay throw from second base to give Texas runners on the corners with two outs.
In stepped Maitland.
The senior bounced a 1-0 pitch towards DBU short stop Joel Hutter, but with Maitland’s speed, Dallas Baptist had no play at first. Hutter instead went to third to try and retire Etier before the winning run could score, but Stell crossed the plate first with the winning run.
Six Longhorns pitchers combined to allow just one run and five hits over 12 innings. Corey Knebel (1-0) earned the victory, pitching a scoreless 12th inning, allowing one hit while striking out one. Parker French, who entered in the 8th, pitched four scoreless innings allowing two hits and notching a strikeout. Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss each tallied two scoreless innings.
Dallas Baptist (6-6) pounced on the Longhorns for a run in the top of the first inning. R.J. Talamantes doubled to the gap in right centerfield to start the frame and moved to third on a fly out to deep leftfield. Boomer Collins drew a walk to put runners on the corners and Talamantes scored when Collins drew the throw to second on a double-steal attempt.
Texas (5-7) knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Silver was hit by a pitch and replaced at first base by Bellow who grounded into a fielder’s choice. Etier singled and Mark Payton walked to load the bases. Maitland was hit by a pitch to drive in Bellow with the equalizer.
Etier was the only player in the game to register multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the day.
Michael Smith (1-1) was the hard-luck loser for Dallas Baptist. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out six over 5.2 innings. Andrew Elkins pitched 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two.