Texas baseball gets its 10th straight win, sweeping the home series against New Orleans

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns baseball team extended its hitting streak to 10 games with a weekend win in New Orleans capped by a 9-3 win Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The Longhorns scored 27 points against the Privateers, including a 15-1 win on Saturday and a 3-1 win to open the series on Friday.

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On Sunday, senior Eric Kennedy had a game most players only dream of at the plate. He hit two home runs in his first two at bats and then added a double later to finish 3 for 3 with 10 total bases. For the week, Kennedy was red hot, hitting .555 with five home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI and nine runs scored against New Orleans and North Dakota State. He is now hitting .376 for the season with a .753 slugging percentage.

Dylan Campbell and Mitchell Daly also hit homers late on. Campbell’s was a 3-run blast in the seventh inning and Daly’s solo pitch came in the fourth. Peyton Powell continued his strong start with a 3-for-4 day that included two doubles and an RBI single.

Lebarron Johnson struck out six innings in four for the Longhorns, but David Shaw was credited with the win after pitching three scoreless innings of relief.

Texas turned a 2-1 game into 10-1 on Saturday with eight runs in the sixth inning. Kennedy hit a grand slam with a complete count and ninth pitch in his at bat. Powell hit a 2-run home run to start the big inning.

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The Longhorns tacked on five more runs in the seventh to add to the win. Kennedy, Powell, Campbell, Max Beyleu and Porter Brown all had two hits.

Travis Sthele pitched six innings and struck out nine without allowing an earned run. The privateers managed only two shots from him.

Lucas Gordon pitched six innings to earn the win in Friday’s opener, allowing two hits and striking out six with one walk. Brown went 3 for 4 for the Longhorns, who won despite not having an extra-base hit. Brown scored Campbell with an RBI single in the first inning, and then two runs home on an error by New Orleans for the Longhorns in the third inning.

Texas had two midweek victories against North Dakota State, 7-2 on March 14 and 7-4 on March 15.

Texas (14-7) plays Incarnate Word on Tuesday and then dives into the Big 12 Conference with a three-game series against Texas Tech starting Friday. All four games are at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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