Longhorns Use Long Ball to Defeat Cowboys

STILLWATER, Okla. - No.1 Texas broke an 8-8 tie with three homers in the ninth inning to defeat Oklahoma State 12-8 in baseball action Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Stadium.

David Maroul led off the ninth with a homer to left to give the Longhorns a 9-8 lead. UT added two more when Nick Peoples walked and Drew Stubbs homered to right. Shortstop Seth Johnston then closed out the barrage with another homer to right.

The Cowboys did not go down easily in the bottom of the ninth, rallying to load the bases with one out on three consecutive hits by Chris Gutierrez, Justin Colbert and Ty Wright. Corey Brown then lined out to first baseman Chance Wheeless who doubled up Wright at first to end the game.

Texas improved to 35-6 overall and 11-5 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma State fell to 28-16 and 8-9 in league action.

J. Brent Cox blanked the Cowboys in the eighth and ninth to pick up the win and move to 6-1 on the year.

Scott Richmond (3-3) pitched 2.2 innings and allowed the four runs in the ninth on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in the losing effort.

Johnston led Texas with three hits and three RBIs on the day, while Justin Colbert led the Cowboys with three hits of his own.

UT took a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Johnston. OSU responded with a run in the bottom half to tie the game.

The Longhorns took a 2-1 lead in the second and added two more runs in the fourth on a RBI single by Nick Peoples to take a 4-1 lead.

Oklahoma State put together a big inning in the fifth, scoring six runs on six hits to take a 7-4 lead. Adam Carr, Rusty Ryal, Steve Ptak and Justin Colbert had RBI singles in the inning with Chris Gutierrez adding a two-run single of his own.

The lead was short lived however, as starter Blake Kronkosky was touched for four runs in the sixth to give the Longhorns the lead back at 8-7.

Rusty Ryal's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth tied the game back up at 8-8.

The teams will close out the series Sunday afternoon at noon. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 with Dave Barnett (play-by-play) and Kyle Peterson (color) calling the action.

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