Brian Howard pitched his first first career complete game on Friday, but it wasn’t enough.
Texas scored two runs in the sixth inning and the Longhorns’ bullpen pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to seal a 2-0 victory over No. 6 TCU on Friday at Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (11-12, 2-0 Big 12) was coming off a 4-3 victory Thursday over TCU (17-5, 3-2) in the first-game of three-game Big 12 series.
Texas got back-to-back singles in the sixth to put runners at the corners for the Longhorns with no outs. Howard induced a double-play grounder, but Tyler Rand scored from third. Tres Barrera then tacked on a two-out home run.
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Earlier in the sixth, TCU had the first chance to strike first after Cam Warner singled with one out and moved to third on Evan Skoug’s double. The Longhorns intentionally walked Luken Baker to set up a potential double play, which the Longhorns turned to get out of the inning.
Howard (4-1) was solid in turning in his first career complete game. He allowed just five hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in eight innings.
TCU had a season-low four hits. That’s the fewest hits in a game for the Horned Frogs since a 1-0 win over Texas Southern on Feb. 25, 2014. The last time TCU was shut out in the regular season was March 11, 2013, at Rice.
Texas starter Ty Culbreth (4-2) gave up four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three for the win. Chas Shugart, Josh Sawyer and Conner Mayes combined for 2 2/3 innings of hitless ball. Sawyer struck out the side in the eighth and Mays pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.
Elliott Barzilli went 2 for 3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to seven games. It was Barzilli’s 13th multi-hit game this year and 28th of his career. Warner extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
TCU will try to salvage a game in the series on Saturday afternoon. The game airs on FS1 starting at 2:30 p.m.