AUSTIN (KXAN) — The No. 14 Texas Longhorns baseball team fell into a deep hole they couldn’t dig itself out of in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader against Oklahoma and the second game did not produce a winning result either.
Texas lost game one 9-6, and game two 6-4.
The Sooners built an 8-0 lead after two innings before having to hang on to beat Texas in the first game. The threat of rain Sunday forced the teams into playing a double-dip Saturday.
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Starting pitching was again an Achilles heel of the Longhorns as Travis Sthele lasted just an inning, allowing three runs on a hit with three walks. He faced seven hitters before Zane Morehouse took over. Morehouse also walked three Sooners in 1.2 innings of work, and he allowed five earned runs on two hits in 10 batters faced.
Chase Lummus kept the Longhorns in it with five strong innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts.
After Oklahoma tacked eight runs on the board early on, Texas started to chip away at the deficit in the third inning. Peyton Powell scored Mitchell Daly with a single to get Texas’ first run, and then Jaylin Flores came through with an RBI single in the fourth. Garret Guillemette knocked in a run with a single in the fifth, and then the Longhorns’ offense really came to life.
Following a Jack O’Dowd RBI double in the sixth, Dylan Campbell hit a line-drive opposite-field 2-run home run to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 8-6. However, the big blast was the last time Texas scored despite outhitting the Sooners 11-7 for the game.
Powell, Guillemette and O’Dowd each had two hits for the Longhorns. Texas pitchers issued eight walks while Oklahoma’s staff walked a pair.
For the Sooners, Anthony Mackenzie went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs.
The second game of the day produced a tough start for Longhorns as well, Oklahoma’s Bryce Madron hit a three-run home run to put the Sooners up 5-1.
However, Texas slowly chipped away thanks to a Porter Brown RBI in the third, a Mitchell Daly solo HR in the 4th, and a Porter Brown sac fly in the 5th to bring the score to 5-4.
The score was 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th but Texas had a great opportunity with runners on second and third to at least tie the game. That would result in a Garrett Guillemette groundout to give the Sooners the sweep.
Oklahoma swept Texas for the first time since 1998 and swept the Longhorns in Austin for the first time ever.
Texas will hit the field against Texas Southern on Tuesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.