Horns Stave Off Elimination, To Face Ags Again

<B>Dustin Majewski</B> broke open a 4-4 deadlock with a one-out, RBI-single in the top of the ninth as No. 9 Texas (40-17) eliminated Oklahoma, 5-4, in front of 7,000 crimson-clad, and/or Texas-hating fans during the third round of the Big 12 Tournament at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark on Friday.

The win gave Texas the symbolic fortieth win of the season, typically deemed necessary before a team can host an NCAA Regional. The Longhorns now have another shot at No. 8 Texas A&M in the semifinals Saturday.

Huston Street came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh and picked up his seventh win of the year after retiring all eight of the batters he faced. Meanwhile, Majewski upped his tournament-record hit string to nine contests with his game-winning single. Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with one RBI on a day when the Texas offense registered a season-high six stolen bases.

Texas pulled in front 1-0 in the top of the first by loading the bases with one out before Taylor Teagarden delivered a run-scoring fielder's choice to score Tim Moss from third. But OU’s Russell Raley responded with his first round-tripper of his career with one out in the third to tie the game at 1.

Texas answered with a run of its own in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead as both Seth Johnston and Joe Ferin singled with one out and pulled off a double steal in front of an RBI-groundout from J.D. Reininger.  The Sooners, however, grabbed their first lead of the game at 3-2 after Spencer Wyman slapped a two-run home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth.

Quintanilla’s RBI triple in the sixth put Texas back on top 4-3, but the Sooners plated an unearned score in the bottom of the frame behind a walk, stolen base and an error to knot the game at 4-4. 

The score remained until the ninth when Majewski lined the second pitch he saw for a base hit to center field, scoring Moss from second and giving the Longhorns the 5-4 win.

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