Chris Harris is still one of the top young players in baseball.
Harris’ .298 average and 16 homers are the best in the country this season and he is one of just five Texas players to reach the 20-homer plateau.
Harris had three hits on Saturday night and added a double, his third of the season, as the Longhorns beat LSU 6-2 in a contest that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.
“It was just another day in my life,” Harris said.
“I was just excited to play and I wanted to be out there.”
Texas (14-1, 5-0 SEC) had a 2-0 lead after a leadoff single from Harris.
He followed with a solo homer and a double in the top of the second inning and a two-run single in the bottom of the third.
Harris went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
“Chris Harris Jr., you could just see he had the passion,” Texas coach Dave Stewart said.
Harris hit his fourth home run in as many games on Saturday and he became the second Longhorn in school history to homer at least twice in his first three starts.
“His swing is a big part of our offense,” Texas manager Joe Kelly said.
The two-time All-SEC outfielder had hit six home runs before Saturday.
Texas won the series for the fourth time in five seasons, with Harris hitting two home runs in each of the last two games.
“We knew he would come out and have a great year,” Texas catcher Justin Ruggiano said.
A two-game sweep at LSU was the third-longest win streak by Texas since 1999.
“The guys just did what they did,” Texas shortstop Joe Nathan said.
He had two RBI in his second start and scored twice.
“Just the guys who put in the work and the effort and the dedication, they did a great job,” Kelly said of the Longhorn hitters.
Ruggiani’s homer gave Texas a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning.
Texas had scored six runs in the first two innings.
“When you’re down, that’s when it’s a real big deal,” Texas second baseman Anthony De La Rosa said.
It was a first for Harris, who has a .918 OPS against LSU in his career.
Harris was 6 for 19 with a homer and four RBIs against LSU last season.
“He just keeps coming up with more and more hits,” Kelly added.
“A lot of them are fly balls and a lot of times you can’t get those homers in.
He was able to do that against a good team.” “
That’s why you always have to give him credit.
He was able to do that against a good team.”
Texas has lost four straight series, but the Tigers (6-6, 2-5) have been one of Texas’ best opponents.
LSU is 0-2 against the Longhogs, but has won four of its last five games in the series.
Texas leads the all-time series with LSU 3-0.