Baseball: Horns Drop Home Game To Cowboys

Despite rallying to load the bases with two down in the bottom of the 10th, No. 1 Texas (27-4, 3-2 Big 12) could not come up with the equalizer as the Longhorns dropped a narrow 3-2 decision in extra innings to Oklahoma State (17-8, 1-1 Big 12) in front of 5,387 fans at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday, Mar. 27. Of note, the Cowboys' win not only evened the series between the two schools at one game apiece, but also marked only UT's second loss in the last 18 contests.

Following a scoreless two innings to open the ballgame, OSU jumped out in front 1-0 in the top of the third when Rusty Ryal dropped in a bloop double to left with two outs and Mario Matulich on second via a leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt. One inning later, Texas responded with a run of its own to knot the score at 1-1 as Carson Kainer (Tomball, Texas/Tomball) singled to open the bottom of the fourth and immediately took second on an error by the center fielder before Drew Stubbs (Atlanta, Texas/Atlanta) brought him home with a base hit to left. Both starters then settled in as Sam LeCure (Centertown, Mo./Helias Interparish) retired 11 in a row for Texas between the fourth and sixth innings and Spencer Grogan worked out of a pair of jams in the fifth and sixth for the Cowboys.

Still tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Texas received a leadoff single from Michael Hollimon (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep.) that set up a sacrifice bunt and was followed by a RBI-triple off the bat of Robby Hudson (Redlands, Calif./Redlands/Riverside CC) to give the Longhorns a 2-1 advantage. Attempting to answer, Oklahoma State placed a pair of runners on with one out in the top of the eighth courtesy of a fielder‚s choice and a walk before a groundout and a hit batter loaded the bases with two away. With the tying run now 90 feet away, Josh Fields delivered an infield hit off two fielders‚ gloves to tie the game at 2-2. Still threatening with the bases full, J. Brent Cox (Bay City, Texas/Bay City), who came on with one out in the frame, fanned the next batter he faced to end the inning and preserve the deadlock.

After Grogan worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth and both OSU and Texas went in order in the ninth, the contest moved to extra innings. In the top of the 10th, the Cowboys placed runners on the corners with one out behind singles from Thomas Incaviglia and Rod Allen sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt before an infield hit off the bat of Rusty Ryal plated Incaviglia and gave OSU a 3-2 lead. Looking to rally, Taylor Teagarden (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) and Kainer came through with back-to-back singles with two down in the bottom of the 10th to place the tying run on second. After a hit batter then loaded the bases, Daniel Rew, who came on following Kainer‚s hit, induced a fielder‚s choice groundout to seal the win for OSU and earn his third save. Notching the win for the Cowboys was Grogan, who scattered 11 hits over 9.2 innings and struck out four to pick up his sixth victory of the year, while Cox shouldered the loss in relief of LeCure, who surrendered only two runs on four hits over 7.1 frames in a no-decision.

Headlining the UT offense on the afternoon were Kainer, who tied a career-high for hits with three while also scoring a run, and the duo of Thigpen and Stubbs, who each tallied two singles. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State‚s attack was led by Ryal, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Fields, who went 1-for-4 while also driving in a run.

The Longhorns will conclude their three-game set at Disch-Falk Field with the Cowboys on Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m.

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