Facing elimination for the third time in as many days, Texas showed why they were the Big 12 regular season champions.
The Longhorns clinched a spot in Sunday's championship game as they continued their run through the losers bracket, knocking out previously unbeaten Oklahoma by sweeping the Sooners (2-1 in game one and 8-5 in game two) Saturday at the Ballpark in Arlington.
"We ran into an excellent ball club today" said OU Head Coach Larry Cochell.
"You have to give them credit. We didn't pitch as well as they did. We had a chance to win, but they just played outstanding. I think that Texas has a chance to win it all."
After winning a 2-1 pitchers duel in game one to force the if necessary game, the Longhorns broke out the bats in game two.
Texas lit up OU starter Austin Mix for five runs and six hits in the first three innings en route to an 8-5 win.
Dustin Majewski put the Longhorns on the board first with a two-run homer in the top of the first and Jeff Ontiveros added a solo shot to left to give UT a quick 3-0 lead.
OU responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first but it wasn't enough as the Horns would add two more in the third and Ontiveros delivered the knockout punch in the fifth with a two-RBI double to give Texas an 8-2 lead.
The Sooners cut the lead in half with three in the seventh, but UT's bullpen combo of Brantley Jordan and Huston Street shut Oklahoma down and closed the door for good on their Big 12 title hopes and move into Sunday's championship game against Nebraska.
With Saturday's losses Oklahoma fell to 35-25 overall, but the Sooners are still in a very good position to land one of the 64 bids to the NCAA baseball tournament. With a fourth-place regular season Big 12 finish and an RPI in the top 30, Oklahoma should still be a lock for postseason play, depsite their 25 losses.
"I'm pleased with our play in this tournament," said Cochell.
"We improved over the course of this week and the postseason starts next week. Playing here will only help us chase our goals from here on. You never want to lose, but I think that we are playing good baseball right now."
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