The No. 16 Texas Longhorns (21-10, Big 12 7-5) clinched a series victory over the Oklahoma Sooners (22-10-1, Big 12 3-5-1) with a 13-7 win in Big 12 Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
For the 12th time in the last 14 games the Longhorns scored in the first in the first inning. Back-to-back two-out singles from Jordan Danks and Russell Moldenhauer put runners and an ensuing fielding error plated Danks and advanced Moldenhauer to third. Kyle Russell knocked a single to rightfield to bring home Moldenhauer giving Texas the 2-0 advantage.
Texas took advantage of two Sooners' errors to increase the advantage with two more runs in the second inning. Preston Clark reached first on an error and Cameron Rupp punched a single through the left side. A second error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by David Hernandez put Herndandez on second and Rupp on third and pushed Clark in for the first run of the frame. Michael Torres hit a sacrifice fly deep into centerfield plating Rupp to cap off the scoring.
Oklahoma claimed the lead in the home half of the second inning scoring five runs on four hits. Spencer Selby was awarded first after being hit by a pitch. A single to rightfield from Matt Harughty put runners on the corners. Harughty stole second and an Aaron Baker walk loaded the bases for the Sooners. Trey Sperring hit a single to leftfield to drive in Selby and Harughty. Back-to-back RBI singles to rightfield from Tyson Seng and Jamie Johnson staked Oklahoma to a 5-4 lead.
Texas reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth with three runs off four hits all delivered on the first offering. Travis Tucker led off with a single to centerfield. Danks looped a double down the rightfield line. Moldenhauer punched a single through the middle to bring home both Tucker and Danks to give Texas the lead. Brandon Belt kept the rally going drawing a walk and Kyle Russell loaded the bases with a single to leftfield. Clark brought in the final run of the inning after drawing a walk to plate Moldenhauer giving Texas the two run advantage, 7-5.
Kyle Russell delivered a 1-1 offering over the rightfield wall to add three more runs to the Longhorns lead in the top of the sixth inning. Tucker started things off, getting hit by a pitch for the 12th time of the year and later moved into scoring position after stealing his 17th base of the year, both team highs. Belt joined him on the base paths after drawing a walk to set the stage for Russell's three-run blast.
Pinch-hitter Casey Johnson chipped into the lead for Oklahoma in the bottom of the sixth with a solo-home run over the rightfield wall making it 10-6.
Texas tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth after a Belt groundout pushed Danks across. Danks reached on a walk and advanced to third on a single by Moldenhauer.
Rupp added the second home run of the afternoon, a two-run shot over the rightfield fence in the top of the sixth inning to increase the lead to 13-6. Clark had reached base on a walk in the previous at-bat.
Oklahoma's comeback bid fell short in the home half of the ninth with the Sooners gaining only one run one two hits.
Torres extended his team-long hitting to 18 games, sixth longest in school history with a single in the top of the ninth inning. Moldenhauer and Rupp both went 3-for-5 with two runs cored and two RBI. Russell went 3-for-5 with one run and four RBI.
Brandon Workman (4-1) pitched a solid 6.1 innings in relief allowing only one run on two hits and striking out six to earn the victory.
Texas returns to action on Tuesday traveling to Round Rock for a 6:05 p.m. contest against the Texas State Bobcats at The Dell Diamond.