Sooners knocked out

Texas shortstop Omar Quintanilla misses the throw as Oklahoma's Denver Kitch slides in to steal second base during a Big 12 tournament game in Oklahoma City on Friday. Texas knocked Oklahoma out of the tournament with a 5-4 win.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma baseball teams' dismal season finally came to an end Saturday with their 5-4 loss to Texas in an elimination game at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

Junior Buddy Blair pitched six strong innings for the Sooners, but gave way to OU's ace reliever Jarod McAuliff in the seventh. McAuliff pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, but gave up the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth when Texas rightfielder Dustin Majewski singled in Tim Moss to give the 'Horns a 5-4 lead.

"That is the heart of their line up and I had to go after them and give them all I had," said McAuliff, on having to face the top of the Texas order in the ninth. "They are all great hitters. Moss got the single up the middle and things didn't fall the way we wanted them to."

Texas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Sooners responded with a solo home run from Russell Raley in the bottom of the third to tie the game.

Oklahoma took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Spencer Wyman hit a two-run home to give the Sooners a 3-2 lead.

The Longhorns regained the lead in the top of sixth with two runs, but the Sooners battled back yet again to tie the game at four in the bottom of the inning when Denver Kitch scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McGuire.

That's when Texas' All-American reliever — Huston Street — came in with one out in the seventh and closed the door on the Sooners from that point on. Street earned the win, and improved his record to 7-0 on the season.

"This was a great college baseball game," said OU Head Coach Larry Cochell. " We played like we have been playing the last month or so. We played with intensity and we played hard, but it didn't happen for us today. We had some opportunities and you've got to make them count. It is about making plays and we didn't make a couple."

Texas advances to tomorrow's semi-final against Texas A&M while the Sooners' season ends with a 23-31 record.

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