Cowboys win series opener with 'Horns

Scott Baker pitched seven innings, allowing only one run in a 4-3 victory over the Longhorns Saturday. Cowboy catcher Jason Jarmillo was hot at the plate, going 3-for-4 with the bat. The win provided momentum and a "boost" for the Cowboys, who are looking for national recognition.

Oklahoma State catcher Jason Jaramillo launched a two-run homer off Texas pitcher Danny Muegge to give the Cowboys a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish.


Jaramillo exploded for four RBI, the only scores for OSU (13-7, Big 12 1-0), and Cowboy pitcher Scott Baker gave up only one run in 7.1 innings to lead them to a 4-3 victory over the defending national champion Longhorns (18-9, Big 12 3-1).


"He had his change up today, which is a pitch he hasn't really had, and the breaking ball was good," said OSU coach Tom Holliday. "So the fast ball and change up combination was what really showed up well for him."


However, Baker did have one close call in the top of the fifth. He hit Longhorn catcher Taylor Teagarden with a pitch to start the inning. Teagarden advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Joe Ferin. Then second baseman Tim Moss blasted a double, putting runners at second and third with only one out. But Baker composed himself and forced the next two batters to pop and ground out respectively.


"It became a very hitter friendly ballpark," Holliday said. "He did a good job. He pitches to the bullpen, and we have to win out of our bullpen."


The Cowboys did just that, despite another scare in the top of the ninth. Teagarden, responsible for all three runs by the Longhorns, fired a two-run homer over the left field wall off OSU lefty Shane Hawk to tighten the score to 4-3 with only one out.


"It went through the net instead of over the net," Holliday said referring to the net in place to prevent balls from landing in the Cowgirl softball stadium. "You couldn't hit it any harder."


But junior Daniel Rew came in, forcing Texas pinch hitter Michael Hollimon to ground out, and striking out Moss to complete the upset.


"They're good, and you've gotta pitch really good to beat em," Holliday said.


Holliday said one tough aspect of Texas' game is the team's ability to run and steal bases.


"Those kids can flat out run," Holliday said. "They can steal bases. They have nine quality athletes. They can steal bases out of all but about two slots in the batting order, and that's something you've gotta control on the mound and behind the plate, and they're just as good as I thought they would be."


Because the pitching held down the Longhorn offense, the Cowboys snatched the win without much offense of their own. Muegge held most OSU batters in check for six innings thanks in part to a career-high seven strikeouts.


But every time Jaramillo came to the plate, there was at least one runner on base, and he capitalized on three of four occasions. After striking out his first time to the plate, Jaramillo hit a two-run homer in the fourth, an RBI double in the sixth and a sacrifice fly to left in the eighth that allowed third baseman Josh Fields to score what would become the winning run.


"He had a hell of a game," Holliday said.


He also said that during their North Carolina road trip last week, Jaramillo experienced some lower back stiffness, and may have been playing through some pain.


"I'll play through it, this is Texas," Jaramillo said, denying that it was anything remotely serious. "I'll be ready no matter what. I could catch all four if we had a four-game series."


The Cowboys will need all the offense they can get going into Sunday's game at 2 p.m., and this win could help that.


 "It's gonna boost our energy," Jaramillo said. "We'll be up tomorrow ready to play. They're in our house, and we gotta take it like that. We're gonna play like that tomorrow."


Yet, Holliday said the win will bring the resolve of a defending national champion to the field as well.


"I guarantee tomorrow they'll show up angry, and you'll see what a national champion is when he's angry."

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