College World Series
Monday, March 2

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- David Maroul helped Texas earn an extra day off.

Maroul stroked a three-run double in a five-run first inning as the Longhorns posted a 9-3 victory over Georgia in the College World Series.

Texas (57-13) improved to 2-0 in the College World Series and does not play again until Wednesday. The Longhorns will take either Georgia (44-22) or Arizona, who meet Tuesday in an elimination game.

"By winning Game One and Game Two, it reduces the number of games you have to play and the number of innings you have to pitch," Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

The Longhorns sent 10 men to the plate in the top of the first inning to build an early cushion. Seth Johnston had an RBI single and Carson Kainer plated a run with a forceout before Maroul cleared the bases with a two-out double to left field.

"We've had people doing the job all year, but recently, four, five and six guys have been stepping up," Johnston said.

Georgia starter Sean Ruthven (7-2) needed 55 pitches to get out of the first inning. He lasted four innings and surrendered six runs and seven hits.

"If you let a guy like Sean settle in, you will be in for a tough night," Georgia coach David Perno said. "But when you spot the No. 1 team in the country five runs, your job is very difficult."

Johnston and Dooley Prince each had four hits for Texas, which has scored 71 runs during a seven-game winning streak.

Texas reliever J. Brent Cox (6-1) allowed two runs and four hits in three innings for the win. Starter Sam LeCure lasted just four innings.

Georgia tried to rally in the fifth inning. Jonathan Wyatt greeted Cox with a single and moved to second on a groundout before Justin Holmes walked. Marshall Szabo drove in Wyatt with a single and Holmes scored on Josh Morris' groundout to pull the Bulldogs within 6-3.

Texas regained a five-run lead in the sixth inning. Maroul led off with a double, took third on a sacrifice and scored on Drew Stubbs' double. Johnston greeted reliever Josh McLaughlin with an RBI double for an 8-3 advantage.

Johnston scored on Prince's two-out single in the eighth to cap the scoring.

"I'm getting breaks and balls are falling for me," said Prince, who is 11-for-15 in the postseason. "I'm trying to have good at-bats."


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