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Longhorns Walk-off Against Stanford

Updated: Saturday, February 22 2014, 10:15 PM CST

The No. 18/25 Texas baseball team won its fifth straight game Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disck-Falk Field as Collin Shaw broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth by scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, lifting the Longhorns to a 4-3 walk-off win.
 
Mark Payton went 3-for-3 with two walks, Dillon Peters pitched seven strong innings, and Texas twice scored go-ahead runs in the final three innings. After winning 9-3 Friday night, the Longhorns (5-2) captured the series with Saturday’s win.
 
Payton, who has recorded multiple hits in every game this year, increased his season batting average to .621 (18-for-29).
 
Leading 2-0 for much of the game, Stanford knotted it up at 2-2 on a bases-loaded, two-out single by Zach Hoffpauir in the seventh inning. The Longhorns responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Payton hit a two-out single up the middle on a 3-2 count to bring home Ben Johnson.
 
But Stanford responded in the eighth when Alex Blandino ripped a two-out double off closer Nathan Thornhill that scored Austin Slater all the way from first.
 
In the decisive ninth, Shaw reached on a fielder’s choice, and Brooks Marlow and Payton followed by drawing two-out walks to load the bases. With C.J Hinojosa at the plate, Stanford pitcher Marcus Brakeman threw a wild pitch that bounced in the dirt, went to the backstop and allowed Shaw to race home.
 
Thornhill (2-0) picked up the win for Texas, while Brakeman (0-1) took the loss.
 
Texas again came through with key two-out runs, plating one in the seventh and the game-winner in the ninth to bring their season total to 17 (out of 35 total runs). Payton’s go-ahead single in the seventh was his Big 12 leading 18th hit of the year.
 
The Texas defense was strong throughout the day, turning two double plays – one in the eighth and one in the ninth. Peters was equally effective, recording 1-2-3 innings in the first, second, fourth and fifth. The junior left-hander got 12 groundball outs and threw 57 strikes on 78 pitches.
 
In the first, the Longhorns took an early lead when a throwing error on Stanford shortstop Drew Jackson allowed Marlow to score from second. Payton, who got on with a single, scored on a groundout by Andy McGuire for a 2-0 lead that Texas held on to until the seventh inning.
 
The walk-off win was Texas’ first since March 16, 2013, when Jacob Felts doubled to lift the Longhorns to a 2-1 win over Texas Tech.
 
Texas and Stanford conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. RHP Lukas Schiraldi will take the mound for Texas against Stanford RHP Chris Viall.

Longhorns Walk-off Against Stanford


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December 17, 2014 08:07 GMT

NBA

Tuesday's Games

Washington 109, Minnesota 95

Miami 95, Brooklyn 91

New Orleans 119, Utah 111

Memphis 105, Golden State 98

Dallas 107, New York 87

Oklahoma City 104, Sacramento 92

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Toronto, 8 p.m.

Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Portland, 10 p.m.

Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Houston at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Tuesday's Games

Columbus 1, Detroit 0, SO

Florida 2, Washington 1, SO

Nashville 3, Boston 2, SO

Tampa Bay 3, Philadelphia 1

Toronto 6, Anaheim 2

Montreal 4, Carolina 1

St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 2

Winnipeg 5, Buffalo 1

Chicago 5, Minnesota 3

N.Y. Rangers 5, Calgary 2

Arizona 2, Edmonton 1, OT

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

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