No. 9 Texas Atop Big 12 With 8-3 Win Over Sooners

It was around this time last year when Texas jumpstarted its national championship run with a double-header sweep of Oklahoma. Now, halfway through the conference season, No. 9 Texas is back on top of the Big 12 standings following its 8-3 win over the Sooners at the Disch on Friday. Is it too early to start chanting "Om-a-ha"?

Instead, how about three cheers for the Texas defense? There were no Longhorn fielding errors, a notable feat considering the group had been averaging just more than two miscues per outing little more than a week ago. But the infield seems more settled now that sophomore Huston Street has started five games at third base. He also tossed two scoreless innings in relief work.

The win is Texas' sixth in a row, raising UT’s overall mark to 27-11, 10-3 Big 12 to pull ahead of Oklahoma State. The reeling Sooners fell to 13-17, 1-9 in league play. UT starter Danny Muegge (5-3) fanned five through seven innings of work while Omar Quintanilla paced an 11-hit torrent by going 4-for-5, including a double and two RBI.

Texas got untracked early, registering five runs during the first three frames. Scott Dodge gave Texas a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first with a two out, RBI-single. Muegge surrendered back-to-back doubles in the top of the second as the Sooners knotted the score at 1-1. But Texas responded in the bottom of the frame with three runs after Eric Sultemeier and Quintanilla each came up with singles to score one and two runs, respectively.

The visitors added a run in the third with Matt Bose’s two-out single to make it a 4-2 affair. But Texas got the run back in the home half of the inning after Tim Mosssqueeze bunt scored Curtis Thigpen from third.

Eddie Cornejo’s RBI-base hit in the seventh pulled the Sooners within two at 5-3.

The Longhorns, however, notched a pair of unearned scores behind an error and a Moss double. Texas added an insurance run in the ninth thanks to J.D. Reininger’s RBI-single to compete the scoring at 8-3.

The Longhorns and Sooners go at it again Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Disch.


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