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Horns Beat Stanford 4-3, Saturday Open Thread

Taylor Jungmann got his third win of the season, pitching a beautiful first eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth. Entering the final frame, Jungmann had given up just one run on two hits, but gave up two more runs before being pulled with two outs. The final line: 8.2 IP, 9 Ks, 6 H, 3 R, 120 pitches. Not bad for your worst outing of the season.

One of the big question marks still facing the team is who will Augie call upon when he needs a few big outs from the bullpen? On Friday it was freshman Casey Knebel forcing a grounder back to the pitcher to end the game and lock up his first career save. Interestingly, Augies has called on Knebel twice now for important innings and both times he pitched well (albeit taking the loss against Hawaii).

Offensively, Jordan Etier had a huge two run double to give Texas a 2-1 lead and Mark Payton had a gigantic triple and scored a run which gave Texas enough insurance to survive Stanford's late push. The Horns actually hit the ball nicely against Stanford, but (you won't believe this) they struggled to take advantage of opportunities.

On an unrelated note, the #3 Sooners have been getting positive remarks for their 12-0 start. Of course their opponents - William and Mary, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Oakland, UT-Arlington, San Diego State and San Diego have won 2, 3, 0, 4, 2, and 3 games this season. Not exactly a murderer's row. For comparison's sake, Maryland is 5-4, TAMU-CC is 8-3, Hawaii is 4-5 and Stanford is 5-4.

It'll be Cole Green on the mound today at 2 PM. Green pitched very well last time out and getting his first win of the season today would secure a huge early season series victory.