Baseball: Horns hold on for win over Okie State

Friday at the Disch, the formula for Texas was a familiar one: solid starting pitching, great relief work, and opportunistic hitting. That combo resulted in a 3-2, series-opening win over Oklahoma State.

Starter Brad Halsey went 7-2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four to improve to 6-1 on the season. Texas saddled OSU starter Scott Baker with his first loss of the season after five straight wins.

After Halsey worked out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the top of the first, Texas plated a run in the bottom of the inning on a Tim Moss-Brandon Fahey double steal. Moss easily took third on the play and when Okie State catcher Jason Jamarillo threw wide of second, sending the ball into center field trying to gun down Fahey, Moss came home easily for the game's first run.

Moss and Fahey each rapped three hits in four at-bats, totaling six of UT's eight hits on the night.

The Horns added single runs in the third and the fifth to open up a 3-0 lead before the Cowboys closed to within one on a two-out, two-RBI double down the left field line off the glove of Omar Quintanilla in the top of the eighth. Frank Anderson went to the 'pen, putting the game in the hands of true freshman Huston Street. Street struck out Rob Watson on a check swing to end that OSU threat.

The Cowboys, though, again made things interesting in the ninth when Jeff Salazar roped a two-out triple to the right center gap just past a diving Joe Ferin, putting the tying run just 90 feet from home with Okie State leading hitter Daylon Monette at the plate. Street jumped ahead of Monette 0-2 before forcing the Cowboy right fielder into a 4-3 groundout to secure the Longhorn win.

With his inning-and-a-third of scoreless mound work, Street picked up his fourth save of the season and has now gone 15-2/3 innings without surrendering a run.

"He's like a gunfighter in the old West," Augie Garrido said postgame. "He can stare down the barrel of a gun and not flinch."

The win improved UT's overall record to 35-11 and more importantly, added another W to the Horns' conference mark, now 13-6. Second-place Baylor (now 12-9) lost its series opener to K-State on Friday while third-place Nebraska (now 13-9) beat Kansas to remain a game-and-a-half back of Texas. The Horns and the Cowboys return to action Saturday at 2:00 at the Disch. Texas will toss undefeated Justin Simmons (11-0, 2.17 ERA) while OSU is expected to counter with an undefeated hurler of its own, Chris Reilly (6-0, 2.53 ERA).

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