Texas-Arlington 5-3, No. 6 Texas 3-10
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Reid Ryan, son of baseball’s all-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan, made his collegiate debut Tuesday for Texas and struck out the first batter he faced.
Ryan, a freshman from Alvin, gave up one run and two singles and fanned two in two innings of relief as No. 6 Texas beat Texas Arlington 10-3 in the second game a doubleheader. Texas-Arlington won the opener, 5-3.
His first strikeout victim was Shayne Currin, who is a friend of Ryan’s and the bullpen catcher for the Texas Rangers during the summer.
″It was exciting,″ Ryan said. ″I’ve been itching, waiting to get in. It was neat.″
″I was kind of nervous, but it wasn’t the kind of scared nervous, it was just being excited. It had been a while since I had pitched to a batter,″ he said.
Ryan, who has a motion like his father’s, was clocked in at 85 mph.
″Getting that first strike over was the most important thing,″ he said.
Ryan’s father, who has attended a couple of Longhorn games, was not present at the game, even though Texas Coach Cliff Gustafson told him his son might pitch Tuesday.
″He just has so many demands on his time, it’s hard for him to get here on short notice,″ he said.
The two will face each other on April 2, when the Longhorns play the Rangers in an exhibition game.
Gustafson was pleased with his first college outing.
″It was a good one for the first time out,″ he said. ″Our plan has always been to bring Reid along slowly. His fast ball has some spark to it.″
The coach said the younger Ryan will make the traveling squad for a series at Arizona State this weekend.