USD-UT: Someone Check Webster's for Me

By Glenn Tanner - February 04, 2007

San Diego and Texas are scoreless after three innings.

Yesterday, USD coach Rich Hill said that in the dictionary, next to the definition of “small ball,” is a picture of a smiling Augie Garrido.

The Longhorns put that strategy to work in the second inning. Brad Suttle led off with a single. Preston Clark followed with a single off the pitcher’s glove. Chance Wheeless then laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first safely when the throw was dropped. That quickly, the bases were packed with no one out.

But San Diego’s Matt Couch impressively pitched his way out of it. He got a force at home on a grounder to third. Then he struck out Kyle Russell on a wicked sinker. And he capped it off with an easy fly ball for the third out.

Other than that momentary blip, both pitchers are cruising. James Russell has allowed only one hit for Texas, and Couch has allowed two hits but has fanned three.

Maybe it’s the great weather, maybe it’s the fact that the press box windows are open – but it seems that there is much more energy in the park today. The game is moving crisply, the fans are boisterous, and always-combative UT assistant coach Tommy Harmon has gotten off the schneid for the season, finally getting an umpire to tell him “knock it off or you’re gone!” Based on past history, it won’t be the last time Harmon hears that line this season.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 02:54 PM on February 04, 2007

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