Baseball: Texas Takes Down OU in Game 1

The Longhorns watched a 6-0 lead evaporate but clutch hitting by Jordan Danks and a strong relief performance by Cole Green propelled Texas to a 10-7 win over the Sooners.

Jordan Danks hit an RBI double to break a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning as the No. 16 Texas Longhorns defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Michael Torres commenced the go-ahead rally in the visitor half of the seventh with a leadoff single to shallow right centerfield. A Travis Tucker groundout moved Torres to second and Danks laced a double down the rightfield line bringing Torres home. Danks advanced to third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield by Brandon Belt gave Texas a two-run lead.

Texas (20-9, 6-4 Big 12) added an insurance run in eighth inning. David Hernandez reached first on an error and a single through the left side by Pat McCory put runners on second and first. Torres singled to the shortstop to load the bases and a wild pitch brought Hernandez home, staking Texas a 10-7 lead.

The Longhorns quickly jumped on Oklahoma (21-9-1, 2-4-1 Big 12) in the top of the first inning scoring six runs. Torres started the rally, drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Danks hit an RBI single through the right side to push Torres across for a 1-0 advantage. Belt singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. An infield single by Russell Moldenhauer drove in Danks and Preston Clark drew a walk to load the bases. Kyle Russell launched his second home run of the season, and the team's first grand slam of the year, over the right field fence to inflate the cushion to 6-0.

The Sooners cut into the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Spencer Selby singled through the right side and Matt Harughty drew a walk. Aaron Baker bunted safely to reach first and a throwing error on the play allowed Selby to score and put Harughty on third. Jamie Johnson reached first safely on a bunt and Terry Sperring lined a single to centerfield to plate Harughty and Baker. A Tyson Seng groundout pushed Johnson across for the final score of the inning making it 6-4.

Clark tacked on a run in the top half of the sixth inning with a solo home run over the wall in rightfield, giving UT a 7-4 lead.

Oklahoma knotted the score at 7-7 in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Baker reached on an infield single and single to shallow rightfield by Johnson put runners at the corners. Johnson stole second base. A groundout by Jarod Freeman plated Baker and moved Johnson to third to give the Sooners their first run of the rally. Seng drew a walk, putting runners at the corners. Mike Gosse reached on an error on a ground ball and Johnson came home on the play closing the gap to 7-6. A looping double down the rightfield line by Aljay Davis plated Gosse to even up the game at 7-7.

Cole Green (2-1) picked up the win with 3.2 innings in relief giving up one unearned run on two hits and two walks.

Chase Anderson (2-2) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma . He yielded three runs on three hits while striking out four over 2.2 innings.

Torres extended his team-long hit streak to 16 games going 3-for-4 with 2 runs and a walk. Danks went 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and a double.

Texas returns to L. Dale Mitchell for game two of the three-game series against the Sooners on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start time.


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