Baseball: Texas Swept at Home

The Longhorn bullpen just couldn't snuff out the late-game spark in OSU's bats. The Cowboys (27-11, 11-7) swept the series with a 13-10 win over the Longhorns (23-16, 8-10) Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

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The Longhorns' loss marks the first time in over a decade they've given up a three-game series at home (Cal State Fullerton, 1996).

"A losing streak is very similar to a winning streak," head coach Augie Garrido said, "but instead of doing the right thing at the right time, you are doing the right thing at the wrong time."

For the second game in a row, the Horns went into the top of the eighth inning with a three-run cushion but quickly saw it dissolve amid inconsistent pitching.

A homer by OSU's Rebel Ridling set off a rally that included two singles, a double and triple with an error by shortstop David Hernandez that the batter used to make it all the way around the bags. Overall in the inning, the Cowboys faced four pitchers and put up five runs to end the inning with a 10-8 lead.

Texas failed to gain any ground in the home half of the eighth and OSU used the ninth to tack on more runs and put the win out of reach for the Horns. Rebel Ridling hit a shot to the center field wall to knock in the Cowboys' eleventh run and put him in scoring position with no outs. Freshman Duren Davis's fly out was good enough to give him an RBI and clear the bases before a homer from catcher Luis Flores ended the Cowboys scoring with a 13-8 advantage.

"The savior of this thing is that the players made a commitment and battled to the last out," Garrido said.

The Horns echoed the Cowboys with an RBI triple by Jordan Danks and a sacrifice fly shrinking OSU's lead by two with no outs. Sadly for the Horns, the similarities stopped there. Kyle Russell struck out swinging and Preston Clark watched the final pitch pass with Texas still three down on the board.

Robbie Weinhardt (3-0) got his second consecutive win for pitching three shut out innings. Jordy Mercer claimed the save, his seventh of the season, for closing out the final two innings. The Longhorn bullpen went seven deep and Chance Ruffin (4-3), after pitching 10 innings on Friday faced three batters in the eighth and did not record an out to take the loss.

"The baseball gods just aren't in our favor," said Russell. "We've hit baseball hell. The low point. But our heads are held high."

Russell paced the team with four RBI. For the fourth time in three weekends, he also put two shots out of the park in the game, his 10th and 11th homers of the season. Jordan Danks went 4-4 with three doubles, a triple and two RBI of his own. Michael Torres saw his school-record 25-game hitting streak snapped.

"This is extremely difficult and the players have handled it extremely well," Garrido said, adding later, "What prevents it from being rock bottom is the spirit with which the team played."

Garrido said the team will take tomorrow off to rest and catch up on school work before tackling Baylor and UT San Antonio mid-week and traveling to Kansas State this weekend.

First pitch in Waco on Tuesday for a single, 'non-conference' game vs. the Bears is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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