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The University baseball team scored five runs in the first inning to win against Texas Southern University at Husky Field March 26 with a final score of 9-3.
The Huskies scored quickly, with five runs in the first inning sending 10 batters to the plate. After the bases were loaded on two singles and a walk, a wild pitch scored the first run of the game.
Senior center fielder Jake Gonzalez continued the rally with an RBI single to second base, followed by a two RBI triple by sophomore catcher Samm Wiggins who went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, three RBI’s and two runs. Wiggins scored a run after a throwing error by the Tigers.
Wiggins said the team stayed focused and was able to hit well, especially when down in the count.
“We went up there looking for fastballs and we were able to get hits,” Wiggins said. “When we were down in the count, we reacted well.”
With only his second start as a Husky, freshman pitcher Matthew McCollough recorded his first win with eight hits, one run and five strikeouts in seven innings.
McCollough said they knew this team was aggressive coming into the game and that he needed to throw good off-speed pitches.
“They were aggressive and were looking for fastballs,” McCollough said. “We made it a point to throw off-speed pitches throughout the game.”
The Huskies continued adding runs in the second by scoring Gonzalez and Wiggins with two outs left in the inning.
The University scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth after a RBI triple from junior shortstop CJ Jarvis, which scored junior second baseman Garrett Tully. Jarvis would score a run after a sacrifice fly ball by senior left fielder Luke Clements.
Texas Southern tied to answer back with a RBI in the top of the sixth and two RBIs to end the game in the top of the ninth.
Assistant coach Xavier Hernandez said that McCollough pitched well throughout the game and had good control of his three pitches.
“Matt’s a young left handed pitcher that throws strikes with three pitches, which is what we expect out of him,” Hernandez said. “He attacked the hitters and hit the zone recording seven solid innings.”