The Longhorns 3-2 win in Stillwater last night was certainly a good thing, but it was the way that they got it done that got me excited.
Consider: Jordan Danks continued his slump in the leadoff spot, James Russell wasn't quite hitting his spots, Kyle Russell and Bradley Suttle went 1-for-6 with no extra base hits, and the bullpen had to enter the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with the game tied 2-2.
If you'd spelled out that scenario to me before last night's road game, I'd have said, "Texas probably loses that one." Instead, the Longhorns excelled in all the areas they've struggled a bit with this season to pick up the win. The bullpen, in particular, deserves high praise for their work.
Pat McCrory relieved James Russell in the decisive sixth inning. He promptly walked two Cowboys, but was gifted an out when Oklahoma State manager Frank Anderson decided to bunt the two runners over to second and third. McCrory then struck out Ryan Fravell for the second out and Joseph Krebs came on in relief to try for the final out. Krebs struck out Keanon Simon to end the threat.
Texas picked up the winning run in the top of the seventh inning after Nick Peoples led off with a triple and scored two batters later on a balk.
Game ball goes to Joseph Krebs, who got the huge strikeout to end the sixth, then struck out two more Cowboys in the 7th and the first batter in the 8th. His final line: five batters faced, four strikeouts, no hits, no walks. Simply outstanding.
Randy Boone continued to be a dominant closer for Augie, picking up the final five outs to secure the win.
The Horns and Cowboys tangle again today at 2:00 p.m.