Baseball: Texas Rallies For 4-2 Win Over Nebraska

Trailing 2-0 entering the sixth, No. 1 Texas (41-5, 13-3 Big 12) utilized seven hits over its final three at-bats to score four unanswered runs en route to a 4-2 victory over No. 16 Nebraska (26-12, 7-7 Big 12) in front of 6,048 at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday. The victory marked Texas' 18th come-from-behind win this year and secured the Horns' first series win over the Huskers since 1998. The UT 'W', combined with OU's 14-4 loss to Tech, moved Texas into first place in the Big 12 standings.

Kyle McCulloch improved to 7-0 on the year after picking up the win in relief of Sam LeCure. Junior Huston Street earned his fifth save of the season with three frames of near-spotless relief.

Following a scoreless first inning, both sides threatened to score in the second as Nebraska received a leadoff double from Curtis Ledbetter and the Longhorns loaded the bases with two outs via a double from Hunter Harris, a walk and a hit batter, but LeCure and fellow starter Phil Shirek managed to work out of the jams. The Huskers tallied an unearned score in the top of the third to grab their first lead of the series at 1-0 when Jesse Boyer singled to begin the frame, stole second and advanced to third via an error on the throw down with two outs before crossing home plate on an RBI base hit off the bat of Daniel Bruce. A single by Ledbetter followed by a RBI triple from Jake Mullinax in the fourth pushed Nebraska on top 2-0 as Nebraska positioned itself to increase its advantage further, but LeCure and reliever Buck Cody worked out of the no-out jam with two strikeouts and a fly ball out to keep UT within two.

While another Nebraska scoring chance with Alex Gordon on third with a triple and no outs in the sixth was thwarted when McCulloch recorded three consecutive outs, including a controversial putout at the plate on a squeeze play, the Longhorn offense had been limited to two hits over the first five frames. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Drew Stubbs reached first on a hit-by-pitch and came around to score when Curtis Thigpen's single to right had its resulting relay throw go beyond the third baseman's reach to make it a 2-1 game. Consecutive base hits from Taylor Teagarden and Harris plated Thigpen to tie the game at 2-2. Chance Wheeless was then walked intentionally to load the bases with one out before Seth Johnston worked a walk to give Texas a 3-2 lead.

Nebraska would attempt to tie the game in the top of the seventh but Street, who came on to begin the inning, managed to record two straight ground ball outs. Robby Hudson's leadoff single produced another Texas run in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 4-2 game as Teagarden delivered a two-out, RBI double to left after Hudson reached third on a sacrifice and a groundout. From there, Street retired the next six batters.

Pacing the Longhorns offense on the afternoon was Teagarden, who went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, and the duo of Harris and Johnston, who each collected two hits while also tallying one RBI apiece.

The Horns and Huskers wrap up their three-game set at the Disch, 1 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday.

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