Cameron Muh | Posted: 24 Feb 2021 | Updated: 6 Mar 2021

Cougars drop game one to Longhorns

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BYU vs. UVU 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — BYU baseball fell to No. 19 Texas, 3-1, in the series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Wednesday night.

The game featured a pitcher’s duel between Cougar right-handed starter Easton Walker and a committee of Longhorns. The BYU senior from Pleasant Grove, Utah, went seven and a third innings, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out four.

“Easton was outstanding tonight,” said BYU head coach Mike Littlewood. “He really competed and gave us a chance to win.”

The Longhorns scored first, homering on the first pitch of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Cougars tied it up in the top of the eighth with a homer of their own, a solo shot by Austin Deming. 

Texas (1-3) then scored two runs on a single through the right side to take the lead back in the top half of the eighth, 3-1. The two-out single hit drove in what proved to be the winning runs as BYU (2-3) went down in order in the ninth.

“Overall, I’m real proud of the guys and the way they competed tonight,” said Littlewood “It came down to Texas got a key hit when they needed it, and we couldn’t seem to string enough hits together.”

Game Notes

  • Walker retired the side in order in back-to-back innings to open the game
  • He again retired the side in three-straight innings—fifth, sixth and seventh, including an eight-pitch seventh inning
  • Over 7.1 innings Walker faced 25 batters, inducing 10 groundouts, eight fly-ball outs and four strikeouts
  • Austin Deming got BYU’s first hit of the game, a leadoff double in the sixth inning
  • The Cougars finished with three hits, two by Austin Deming and one by Brock Watkins

Player Highlights

  • Easton Walker: 7.1 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 1 ER
  • Austin Deming: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI

BYU will be back in action at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. CST, to face the Longhorns in game two of their four-game series. The game will be broadcast live on the ESPN Longhorn Network, as well as the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio FM 107.7, and the BYU Cougars app.