AUSTIN -- J.P. Howell struck out 13 and allowed six hits to lead top-seeded Texas to a 15-3 win over Vanderbilt in the first game of a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series Friday.
Howell (14-2) pitched seven innings and walked one.
Texas (54-13) led from the outset after scoring five runs in the second inning. Michael Hollimon had a triple in that inning that
scored both Carson Kainer and David Maroul.
Hollimon added a run for the Longhorns in the fourth inning on a home run over the left field wall. He was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Drew Stubbs and Taylor Teagarden also homered for the Longhorns.
Vanderbilt got on the board in the fifth inning when Matt Jones hit a two-run homer to left center to make the score 7-2.
Texas added four runs in the fifth inning to lengthen its lead.
Jeremy Sowers (10-6) took the loss for Vanderbilt allowing eight hits and seven runs in three and one-third innings. The Commodores used five pitchers that allowed 16 Longhorn hits.
Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and game three, if necessary, is set for Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
The winner of the series will advance to the College World
Series beginning June 18 in Omaha, Neb.