Texas ends OU's Big 12 Tourney title hopes

Longhorns get two runs in the seventh to slip past OU, 3-1. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Oklahoma softball team's hopes of a berth in the Big 12 Tournament title game on Saturday came up short with a 3-1 loss to Texas Friday night.

Sooner freshman pitcher Stacy Braddock was spectacular for 6.2 innings, but gave up a an RBI triple to Tina Boulette and an RBI single by Chez Sievers with two outs in the top of the seventh to give the 'Horns a 3-1 lead.

Longhorn superstar pitcher Cat Osterman was then inserted into the line-up in the bottom of the seventh, and struck out the side to end the Sooners' Big 12 Tourney run.

In the end, it was a lack of timely hitting that cost the Soones. OU took the lead in the bottom of the first with a bases loaded walk, but from that point on stranded 11 runners overall and at least one in every inning but the seventh.

"We had opportunities to win this game where we wouldn't have had to see Cat Osterman," said OU head coach Patty Gasso. "If we had done this right, we might have been standing here tomorrow."

The question now for Oklahoma (47-15) is will they get to host a NCAA regional in Norman?

"It's out of our hands," Gasso said. "Wherever we are sent, we'll be ready to play. It would be very nice for that to happen, but we didn't earn it. We'll go wherever they send us."

The Longhorns will play either Missouri or Baylor in Saturday's championship game at 3:30 p.m.

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