It feels really good to be above .500 in the Big 12 again.
Texas Longhorns baseball (30-16, 9-8 Big 12) took down the Oklahoma State Cowboys (23-18, 6-11 Big 12) in Stillwater 5-4 on Friday afternoon and 7-0 in the night game.
Despite having a 4-8 road record entering today, the ‘Horns were able to clinch a series victory. The two wins were monumental for a ‘Horns team building its NCAA tournament resume.
In game one, Oklahoma State had the hot bats early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-run homer off Nolan Kingham. The ‘Horns chipped away, getting a solo shot from Zane Gurwitz in the third to cut the lead, and then knotting the score at two on a Brett Boswell RBI groundout in the fourth.
The score remained tied until a two out ‘Horns offensive burst in the eighth. The Longhorns scored on a Kacy Clemens single, a Boswell base knock, and then a Michael McCann hit that the right fielder lost in the sun.
Beau Ridgeway came on in relief for Kingham in the eighth in an attempt to get the final six outs. The sophomore, who is on the Stopper of the Year Midseason watch list, struck out the side in the eighth.
However, the Cowboys would battle back in the ninth.
Oklahoma State loaded the bases with one out in their last ups, and eventually earned a two-RBI single to make the score 5-4. A strikeout, walk, and then another strikeout finished the game and earned Ridgeway his 10th save of the year.
Game two was all ‘Horns.
Boswell hit a two-run long ball, and then a three-run dinger in his next at-bat to put Texas up 5-0.
Morgan Cooper was locked in the whole game, and finished with seven complete innings, two walks, no runs, and eleven strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Texas added to its lead with a Patrick Mathis solo homer in the seventh, and a balk that scored Mathis from third in the ninth.
Chase Shugart closed for the Longhorns and sealed the deal to give Texas a 7-0 shut-out.
Texas will go for the sweep tomorrow at 6 pm CST weather permitting. You can catch the game on ESPN U.