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Baseball Beats Oral Roberts 5-4

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It was one of those midweek games you can easily lose against a solid if unspectacular non-conference (not in-state; thanks, patienthornsfan) opponent. And granted, you probably spent more of your evening figuring out ways to harass the Lopez brothers over Facebook than you did thinking about Texas and Oral Roberts. Lucky for you, we cared.

Had you told us Texas would lead 3-0 after one, strike out ten Golden Eagle batters and hit 2 HRs, we probably would have said without a doubt that Texas would have won. Had you told us Texas managed only 7 hits (3 in the bottom of the 10th) and had 5 (!) errors, we probably would have said without a doubt that Texas would have lost. Texas had no business losing Monday night and Texas had no business winning Monday night. Instead the game turned into exactly what midweek games against Oral Roberts are supposed to be: hard fought, relatively-meaningless games where lots of players get experience for the future and the Horns ultimately prevail.

The game ended 5-4 in favor of the good guys, with Russell Moldenhauer hitting a pinch hit, bases loaded screamer about 15 feet up the third base line. The pitcher fielded it but had nowhere to go with the ball, enabling Jordan Danks to easily score the winning run.

Pitcher of the Night: Pat McCrory struck out the side in his only inning of work and Brandon Belt got the win for his 1.2 innings of hitless ball, but we'll give the award tonight to Kyle Walker. The much-maligned Walker gave up a run on a hit and struck out 2 in 2 innings of work. It wasn't perfect but it was an important improvement.

Hitter of the Night: Jordan Danks continues to hit the ball well, hitting a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 1st to stake the Horns to a 3-0 lead. It wasn’t a great night at the plate for Texas but Danks was one of the few hitters to have an acceptable night. Danks started the 10th inning rally with a single and scored the winning run.

Kiddie Corpsman of the Night: The freshman evaluation tonight was mixed. Chance Ruffin got the start and pitched well for 2 innings, Stayton Thomas struggled mightily for the second straight outing, and Cameron Rupp had a forgettable 0-3 night at the plate. But Kevin Keyes had one of the biggest hits of the game with his tying homer in the bottom of the 7th.  

Next Up: Texas stays home for a critical early season series with Nebraska this weekend. With the spring game and hopefully a pair of games in Houston, we won't blame you for not paying attention, but this is the last weekend we're going to accept your excuses. Unless there's something going on in San Antonio to distract you from the OU series the following weekend.