Texas Baseball: Nathan Thornhill’s Gem Clinches Sweep

Texas Baseball

Courtesy Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior righty Nathan Thornhill threw a gem on Sunday to sweep the series for the No. 17 Texas Longhorns against the Baylor Bears with a 4-0 victory. Thornhill threw eight scoreless innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three in a masterful performance in which he allowed only one runner to reach second base.

Longhorns’ junior second baseman Brooks Marlow opened the scoring with an RBI single up the middle scoring freshman first baseman Kacy Clemons for the early 1-0 lead.

Freshman catcher Tres Barrera smacked a two-run double to the gap in right center to bust open the game scoring freshman third baseman Zane Gurwitz and sophomore left fielder Ben Johnson to extend Texas’ lead to 3-0. Senior center fielder Mark Payton scored as sophomore short stop C.J. Hinojosa reached on a fielder’s choice giving the Longhorns a 4-0 lead.

Thornhill would retire six of the last seven Bears he faced to close out the win for Texas. Thornhill remains unbeaten at 5-0 on the season. Thornhill retired the first seven batters he faced in the game.

Gurwitz had a two-hit effort for the Longhorns with a 2-for-3 game with a run scored.

Texas baseball hasn’t swept a Big 12 opponent since sweeping the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma in March of 2012. The Longhorns last home Big 12 sweep was of the Missouri Tigers in April of 2011.

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