Sooners, Horns set for Red River War in Bricktown

Oklahoma left fielder Andrew McGuire smiles as he is greeted at home plate by teammate Denver Kitch, following a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Sooners' 4-2 win over Oklahoma State Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Sooners will face Texas in an elimination game at 4 p.m. on Friday.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma's bitter season could still have a somewhat sweet ending this weekend at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Seventh-seeded Oklahoma will be facing elimination for the second straight day, but they get the chance to eliminate another conference rival for the second straight time in their quest to keep the season alive. The Sooners (23-30) will play third-seeded and defending national champion Texas (39-17) Friday in an elimination game at 4 p.m. at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma advanced to Friday's showdown with a 4-2 victory over sixth-seeded Oklahoma State on Thursday after dropping the tourney opener to Texas A&M, 11-2, on Wednesday. Texas knocked off Oklahoma State 10-7 in their Big 12 opener, but dropped into the loser's bracket after falling to Texas A&M, 3-2, Thursday night.

Friday's probable starters are sophomore lefthander Buddy Blair (5-6, 5.14) for Oklahoma and junior lefty Justin Simmons (4-5, 4.59) for Texas. The Longhorns might also go with senior righthander Danny Muegge (6-6, 4.54), but the Sooners struggle against lefthanders and Simmons has had success against the Sooners in the past.

The Longhorns swept the three-game series (8-3, 10-2, 5-4) from the Sooners back in April in Austin.

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