AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas answered Texas State’s two-run top of the first with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on the way to a 7-3 win to extend its win streak over the Bobcats to 22 straight.
It was an emotional star to the game, though. After the lineup exchange at home plate between Texas State head coach Ty Harrington and Augie Garrido, the two hugged and Harrington received a standing ovation from the Longhorn crowd. Harrington had been away from the team for most of the season as he battles cancer.
“I … promised myself that I would put my health before the dugout,” Harrington said. “But it was nice tonight. The corwd was unbelievably gracious tonight to applaud me at the beginning of the game, and I appreciate that from the Longhorn crowd.”
After the game, Harrington told the media he was done with chemo and radition treatments.
“I know what he’s going through,” Garrido said. “I was with my mother when she went through that. She didn’t make it, but he did. So we thank God for that. It’s very emotional. I love him. I love what he’s had to go through and how he’s conquered it. I admire him, I respect him and I love him for winning the battle.”
“I certainly appreciate it from Augie and their staff. From that perspective, that’s very uplifting for somebody that hasn’t been out much and hasn’t gotten to do very much. To have those kinds of things is very heartfelt and nice and makes you feel good.”
Harrington played for the Longhorns from 1984-1987, and then was a student coach and a graduate assistant from 1988-1991.
The Bobcats scored on an RBI double from Granger Studdard (Hays HS) and an RBI single by Ben McElroy in the first inning off of Texas starter Josh Sawyer.
The Longhorns came back with three runs on just one hit, a Tres Barerra RBI triple, in the bottom of the first inning.
Zane Gurwitz hit a two run home run in the third inning, his third of the season, to give Texas a 5-2 lead.
Sawyer settled down after that first inning to go five complete, allowing just those two runs in the first, while striking out four to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season.
Freshman Bret Boswell hit his first career home run as a Longhorn, a two-run shot to right, to close out the scoring in the eighth inning at 7-3.
The most touching moment came before the game when Texas State head coach Ty Harrington received a big hug from Augie Garrido and a standing ovation from the Texas crowd after the lineup exchange. Harrington has been away from the team most of the season while he continues his cancer treatment. Harrington is former Texas player and graduate assistant at Texas.
The Longhorns improve to 22-19 and now travel to TCU for a weekend series in Fort Worth beginning friday night. Texas State falls to 18-21 and play at Troy this weekend.