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Sunday - February 19, 2012

Game 1: Duke at Texas

Opening Day of the 2012 season was postponed due to rain. The game was originally scheduled for a Friday evening start but was pushed back to 2 o'clock on Saturday...and rescheduled as a 7-inning first game of a double header. It was wet and cold all afternoon. And, we had a 30-minute (or so, I forgot to pay attention) delay between the top and bottom of the 6th inning. But, Texas prevailed to beat Duke 4-0 behind the bat of Freshman Brooks Marlow. Anyone know if he was named after Brooks Kieschnick? I've been wondering that since I first saw his name mentioned as a UT recruit. Regardless, the young man hit two home runs on the day. The first was a solo shot that went over the rf fence into the Texas bullpen to score the first run of the day and the second, on his next at-bat, went over the 375 sign in rf to score two more runs. Gorgeous.

Nathan Thornhill got the nod for Texas on the mound and earned his first win of the year. He went 5 innings, faced 18 batters, gave up 3 singles, walked 1, and struck out 2 by my count. Corey Knebel came on for the 6th and 7th and earned his first save of the year. He faced one over the minimum when a player reached on an error and struck out 2.

I got to the game late...just as the bottom of the 1st was starting. It had been raining pretty heavily at my house and I just didn't believe the game would start on time so I took my time hitting the road. Oops.

There's an addition to the scoreboard capabilities at the field. They've set up a new ginormous video screen beyond the rf fence. I took this photo with my phone in the 2nd inning. Mark Payton at the plate with Bellow at 2b and Summers at 1b. Look at those clouds. Also, look at that screen. I'm curious to see how it holds up in the sun.


Anyway...on to the nitty-gritty...

The lineups:

Duke  Texas
Matt Berezo (ss)
Jeff Kremer (dh)
Will Piwnica-Worms (cf)
Jordan Betts (3b)
Mike Rosenfeld (c)
Andy Perez (1b)
Andrew Istler (rf)
Angelo LaBruna (2b)
Anthony D'Alessandro (lf)
Mark Payton (rf)
Tim Maitland (cf)
Erich Weiss (3b)
Jonathan Walsh (lf)
Landon Steinhagen (dh)
Brooks Marlow (2b)
Jacob Felts (c)
Kirby Bellow (1b)
Christian Summers (ss)

The line:

Team 123 456 7 RHE
Visitor 000 000 0 0 3 1
Home 000 121 - 4 5 1

Play by play:

Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 10:50 AM