Sooners bats quiet against Texas


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Updated: 4/06/2013 10:34 pm Published: 4/06/2013 10:25 pm


AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas handed No. 10 Oklahoma its first shutout loss of the season, 1-0, to even the weekend series at Disch-Falk Field Saturday.

Texas lefthander Dillon Peters (2-2) struck out five in 7 2/3 innings and Corey Knebel closed with two strikeouts for his 35th career save as the Longhorns held the Sooners to a season-low two hits. Neither allowed a walk.

"With the wind blowing out, knowing that we have some power, they were going to stay away (from pitching over the plate)," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "(Kolbey) Carpenter was able to turn on a ball that almost got out. Again, that was just their philosophy, to stay away, and they weren't going to get hit very many times."

Oklahoma starter Dillon Overton (6-2) struck out six and gave up just one run from five hits.

"It was one of the best outings I've had all season," Overton said. "I felt good. Baseball is a tough sport and sometimes that happens. They just got one timely hit and that's what put them over the top. Their pitcher did a great job also and I tip my cap to him."

Texas (17-12, 3-5 Big 12) plated the lone run in the fifth frame when Ben Johnson singled to center to score Mark Gottsacker, who also scored Texas' only run in OU's 2-1 win Friday. With runners on the corners, Oklahoma (26-6, 6-2) stole the Longhorns' opportunity for extra runs as Overton picked off Johnson stealing second and forced Weston Hall into a fly out.

Oklahoma had won nine of its 10 previous one-run decisions, but struggled to find baserunners against Texas. Sooner batters were retired in order seven times.

The Sooners fell to 4-4 this season against left-handed starting pitchers.

OU's Kolbey Carpenter led off the eighth with a double to the left field fence, but was put out the next at-bat as Hector Lorenzana hit into a 1-4-5 fielder's choice. Hunter Haley took the second out with a pop-up bunt to Peters. Garrett Carey singled up the middle to put baserunners on first and second, but then Knebel got the call and punched out pitch-hitting Anthony Hermelyn to finish the inning.

Oklahoma and Texas finished the three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m. A win by Oklahoma would give the Sooners their first series victory in Austin since the first season of Big 12 Conference affiliation in 1997.

The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and broadcast on Sportstalk AM 1400 in Norman.

Courtesy - Soonersports.com


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