No. 8 Texas Batters OSU In 20-Hit Barrage

Oklahoma State University's Allie P. Reynolds Stadium is touted as a hitter's field of dreams. Texas' bats finally awoke from Saturday's slumber to pound out a season-high 20 hits as the No. 8 Horns shellacked the host Cowboys, 15-5, Sunday. With the win, Texas improved to 19-9 (4-1 Big 12) and evened its series with OSU (13-8, 1-1 Big 12) at one game apiece.

Omar Quintanilla led the offensive onslaught with a 4-for-5 showing, including three doubles, two runs scored and four RBI. Meanwhile, sophomore J.P. Howell allowed just one earned run on eight hits while fanning eight to improve his mark to 5-0 on the year.

After Howell worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first, Texas took the early lead in the top of the second after Nic Crosta's groundout scored Curtis Thigpen from third. But the Pokes grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame following two unearned runs (a hit batter, a base hit, followed by a throwing error and a groundout).

The Horns answered in the top of the third on the strength of three singles, including Dustin Majewski's two-RBI base hit to give Texas a 3-2 lead. UT increased its advantage to 6-2 in the fourth with a three-run inning spurred by RBI-singles from Joe Ferin and Quintanilla. Texas added two more runs in the sixth on a Quintanilla two-run double.

After OSU answered with a run of its own, Texas blew this one wide open with four runs in the eighth (sparked by Taylor Teagarden's two-run double) and three scores in the ninth on a two-run home run from Eric Sultemeier and a Majewski RBI-base hit. Leading 15-3, OSU's

John Urick and Cory Van Tungeln provided meaningless back-to-back solo homers in the ninth with two outs to cut the lead to 15-5. But Huston Street came on with runners on second and third to fan the final batter.

The Horns and Cowboys conclude their three-game series, 2 p.m. (CST) Monday. With a win, Texas' Augie Garrido would become just the second NCAA Division I baseball head coach to reach 1,400 career victories.

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