UNO falls just short Friday at Texas

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Beau Blanchard

AUSTIN, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers got the tying run on base in the ninth inning but fell short in a 3-1 loss to the Texas Longhorns in the series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday evening.

Lucas Gordon battled through a high pitch count early and gave up one unearned run in six innings for the win. Tyler LeBlanc took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings. Zane Morehouse got the save for Texas, his second of the year.

With the score 3-1, Tristan Moore and Mitchell Sanford both hit line drive singles to get the tying run on with one out. However, Morehouse got a strikeout looking and induced a pop up to short that was caught to preserve the save.

New Orleans started with the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Kasten Furr earned a walk then got to second on a passed ball. After a sac bunt by Tyler Bischke, Furr scored when Miguel Useche got him in on a sac fly.

Texas formed a quick response though in the bottom of the frame. A single and a walk set the stage for a two-run inning.

After Dylan Campbell stole second to get two in scoring position, an RBI groundout by Garret Guillemette plated the first run. Porter Brown followed with a single through the right side to give the Longhorns the lead.

Texas had a pair of infield hits in the third inning. After the bases were loaded on a walk, a back pick attempt at first base went into shallow right and the Longhorns brought in another run to extend the lead to 3-1.

From the fourth through the eighth inning, the Privateers were held to one hit and three baserunners.

Beau Blanchard threw four shutout innings in relief. Moore’s single in the ninth was his 15th hit in the last eight games. Anthony Herron Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double. The Privateers turned two double plays in the field.

Brown went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Eric Kennedy reached base three times (two hits and a walk) and scored a run. All nine of the Longhorns’ hits were singles. Texas had 10 strikeouts to just one walk between Gordon, Heston Tole and Morehouse.

The series continues with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch on Saturday.

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