Sooner Rally Upends Top-Ranked Texas, 3-2

Texas grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth, but Oklahoma rallied for three, two-out runs in the bottom of the frame as No. 1 Texas (25-3, 1-1 Big 12) lost a 3-2 game to No. 23 Oklahoma (12-8, 1-1 Big 12) in Norman on Saturday. The loss evened the series between UT and OU at one game apiece and snapped the Horns' 14-game winning streak.

Initially, both starting pitchers locked in a pitcher's duel early as Sam LeCure faced the minimum over the first four frames for Texas and Ryan Mottern limited the UT offense to one hit through four innings for Oklahoma. Despite both team's threatening to score by placing runners on base in each of the next three frames, including three runners in scoring position for UT and a runner at third with two down in the seventh for the Sooners, the 0-0 tie persisted into the eighth, when the Horns plated a pair of unearned runs to grab a 2-0 lead.

Hunter Harris led off the frame with a single to left, moved to third when Curtis Thigpen's bounding ball down the third base line got by the third baseman and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Taylor Teagarden. After two outs, J.D. Reininger beat out an infield single to third and on the late throw to first, Thigpen hustled home for UT's second score of the inning.

Down by two, the Sooners immediately countered with singles from Aaron Ivey and Andrew McGuire to place runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the eighth before Ole Sheldon came through with an RBI-single to center in front of a two-run double from Ryan Rohlinger to stake Oklahoma to a 3-2 lead.

Jarod McAuliff came on in the eighth and retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Althought both LeCure and Mottern tossed scoreless baseball did not factor in on the decision, McAuliff earned the win in relief for Oklahoma, while Kyle Yates shouldered the loss for Texas.

Leading the UT offense on the afternoon were Ryan Russ who went 2-for-4, and Harris, who reached base safely four times, singled and scored one run. Thigpen, despite scoring a run in two at bats for the Longhorns, had his career-long, 15-game hitting streak ended.

Texas and Oklahoma will close out this three-game series on Sunday, at 1 p.m.


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