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March 1, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - Brandon Workman pitched a no-hitter for Texas as the Longhorns defeated Penn State 9-0 on Sunday at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas. Texas sweeps the Nittany Lions, which fall to 2-5 after falling in each game of the four-game set.
Workman struck out ten, including the final batter, Nittany Lions and walked two in the second no-hitter for the Longhorns in two seasons. Workman faced the minimum of 27 batters as Penn State's runners were twice thrown out and involved in a double play.
Blake Lynd reached base twice for the Nittany Lions on a walk and an error by the Longhorns' shortstop. Rick Marlin nearly broke up the no-hitter in the ninth inning with a come-back groundball that hit Workman's left leg.
Travis Tucker had three hits for the Longhorns, which combined for 13 hits in the game.
Texas jumped on top first for the third time in the four-game series. Twenty five mile-per-hour winds allowed a Tucker pop fly to escape Sean Deegan in left field. Tucker scored when a sacrifice by Belt to right field. Rick Marlin nearly threw out Tucker but the senior second baseman snuck under Bobby Jacob's mitt.
Calvin Grumley averted a second run-producing inning in the second. Shepherd, the first batter, posted a double down the third-base line but was stranded when Grumley forced a sacrifice, a strikeout and a groundout to leave Shepherd at third.
After going through the early season without having one of its runners thrown out, Penn State had its first two men on base caught stealing by catcher Cameron Rupp in consecutive innings. Marlin, who walked, and Lynd, who reached base on an errant throw that caused a collision at first, were both gunned in the second and third innings, respectively.
Texas added two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Grumley walked Clark with one out, who scored on Shepherd's double that skimmed into the left-field corner. Shepherd stole third base and was sent home by a Rupp single.
The Longhorns, which had an offense that has been particularly dormant over the course of the first three games, exploded for three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Texas got help from back-to-back triples by Rowe and Tucker. Belt singled to score Tucker and added the third tally by a Clark double that led to a bullpen call for the Nittany Lions. Ryan Ignas ended the inning when he jammed Keyes into groundout double play.
Lynd, who is playing three hours away from his hometown of Deer Park, Texas, reached first via base on balls for the second time of the game in the seventh innings. Louie Picconi grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.