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Texas blasts five home runs in nightcap, sweeps doubleheader at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 18 Texas connected for five home runs in clinching a doubleheader sweep over West Virginia, 11-0 in 7 innings.

Texas defeated the Mountaineers 5-2 in the opening game of the day.

Ivan Melendez hit two of Texas’ five homers in the nightcap. He bookended UT’s power surge with two-run home runs in the first and seventh innings. Melendez has 25 round-trippers on the season.

Trey Faltine, Thomas Hodo III and Austin Todd also homered for the Longhorns (34-16, 11-9 Big 12).

Lucas Gordon tossed a two-hit shutout for Texas. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.

Austin Davis and Alex Kahn had base hits for West Virginia (27-18, 9-8 Big 12). WVU starting pitcher Ben Hampton (6-4) allowed four runs [three earned] in 3 1/3 innings.

West Virginia hopes to avoid a series sweep in the finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

“You just have to challenge their pride and their competitiveness,” said WVU head coach Randy Mazey. “Their backs are against the wall again, see how they come out. It is just a pride thing at this point.”

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