Texas Longhorns baseball (22-12, 6-5 Big 12) won its second straight against the No.16 Oklahoma Sooners (22-8, 4-4 Big 12) in a 9-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Disch. The Longhorns will go for the sweep on Sunday at 2:30 pm CST.
The Clemens brothers’ offensive burst and stellar pitching from Morgan Cooper after the first inning aided the ‘Horns to its sixth conference win.
Oklahoma opened up the scoring with a two-RBI bases loaded single on Cooper with no outs in the first inning. Cooper was able to avoid any further damage the rest of the game. The redshirt junior allowed only one walk and two hits after giving up three hits and a walk in the first. His final line: two runs, five hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and a standing ovation when he exited after 6.2 innings.
Though the Sooners jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, the ‘Horns clawed back. A clutch two-out single by Kacy Clemens scored Travis Jones, who reached third after a two-out double and passed ball.
In the third inning, the younger Kody Clemens knotted the score at two after a solo shot. It was the sophomores fourth homer on the year.
The game continued to be all ‘Horns from there. The game broke open in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two out rally. Tate Shaw scored David Hamilton on a single back to the pitcher to bring the score to 3-2 in favor of the ‘Horns. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Kacy Clemens unloaded on a pitch and blasted a grand slam to make it 7-2 ‘Horns.
Texas added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on another Tate Shaw RBI single and a Travis Jones fielder’s choice.
Nick Kennedy came on to finish off the Sooners in the seventh inning with two outs and two on. The sophomore, however, did not have his stuff today. He walked two straight to score a Sooner runner and make the score 9-3 ‘Horns.
Freshman Blair Henley then relieved Kennedy, which was a bit surprising considering the freshman had been a weekend starter for the entire season. Henley performed excellently, finishing off seven straight batters to get the win.
The most promising aspect of Saturday’s game was Texas’ ability to hit the ball. The Longhorns appeared aggressive and confident at the plate, which resulted in 10 hits on the game.
Texas goes for its second Big 12 sweep of the year tomorrow. You can tune in on 104.9 the Horn or the Longhorn Network. This is your open thread — Hook ‘em!