Friday night brought a classic pitcher's duel, with Texas starter Nathan Thornhill battling valiantly in a losing effort. The sophomore went 6.2 innings, coming out after allowing his lone run in the seventh. Andrew Heaney for Oklahoma State was even better, going nine full innings for the fourth time in his last five starts (though this one will not technically be a "complete game" due to extra innings) and holding the Longhorns to one run of their own, also on just four hits. The game headed into extra frames tied at 1-1, but the Pokes broke through in the top of the 11th off Texas closer Corey Knebel. Knebel gave up a single and a double to plate the eventual winning run, and then a single for an OSU insurance policy. John Curtiss and Dillon Peters came on successively to stop the bleeding, but the damage was done.
Texas got the tying run to first base in the bottom half with no one out, as Taylor Stell was hit by a pitch and Erich Weiss drew a walk. After a Jonathan Walsh flyout to right field, Kevin Lusson was also hit by a pitch to load the bases and place the winning run on base. Needing only one hit to extend the ballgame, Texas couldn't get it; a Jacob Felts K and Jordan Etier groundout ended the contest.
Texas now finds itself needing to sweep a doubleheader today in order to win the series. Sunday's game has been moved to today due to thunderstorms in the forecast. The "Saturday" game will start at 1 PM and fans can use Saturday tickets, and the "Sunday" game will follow 30 minutes later using Sunday tickets. This is your open thread for both games, which are on LHN. Hook 'em!