AUSTIN, Texas -- A day after a ten-inning pitchers’ duel, the No. 1 Texas Longhorns, led by starter Adrian Alaniz, no-hit the Sooners in a 4-0 victory on Saturday at Disch-Falk Park. Alaniz pitched the complete game and had just one blemish in the outing, a walk to Ryan Rohlinger in the fourth inning.
The Longhorns’ David Maroul provided enough offense to support Alaniz’s stellar start, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Alaniz (3-0) struck out six Sooners in the victory.
Rohlinger was the only Sooner to reach base in the game and did so on a walk. In that same bat, it looked like he would have the first OU hit on a bunt single that went foul after the ball rolled just left of the line after a 65-foot trip on the Astroturf at Disch-Falk Field.
Rohlinger came up in the seventh and almost broke up the no-hitter again, this time on a deep drive to left field that was caught a foot short, by Nick Peoples, of clearing the wall.
Chuckie Caufield was the last Sooner to come up to bat and struck out to end his 11-game hitting streak.
The last time OU was no-hit was by Oklahoma State in the 1985 season, an 8-0 loss in Stillwater. It was Texas’ second no-hitter in Big 12 play and the school’s 19th overall.
After a scoreless first inning, Texas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Maroul singled home Chance Wheeless. The Longhorns did not stop there as they added another run in the second inning after the frame’s leadoff hitter, Wheeless, scored on a single by Maroul.
Texas placed its fourth consecutive leadoff hitter on base, in the fourth, following a double by Maroul, who would later score on a sacrifice fly by Robby Hudson to put UT ahead 3-0.
That was all OU starter Steven Guerra (4-3) would allow despite giving up six hits in five innings. It was the right-hander’s shortest outing in his four Big 12 starts this season. Prior to today’s start, Guerra pitched a complete game against Texas A&M and threw 7 and 7.2 innings against Baylor and Kansas, respectively.
The Texas lead was increased to four runs after Drew Stubbs hit a single that scored Nick Peoples in the bottom of the sixth frame. The tally came with reliever Will Savage on the Sooners’ mound. Savage entered the game to start off the sixth inning and finished the contest with three hits allowed (one run) in three innings pitched. Savage also struck out two in the relief appearance.
OU was shutout for the second consecutive game and just the third time this season (7-0 vs. Cal-State Fullerton) and OU is now scoreless in 19 innings of action against Texas this season.
With today’s loss, the Sooners fall to 20-14 overall on the season and 5-6 in Big 12 play while Texas improves to 31-6 and 8-5 in conference action.
The Sooners conclude the series with the Longhorns in Austin on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Cox Channel 28, and will feature OU’s Brad Burns (2-1, 3.49 ERA) opposite UT’s Randy Boone (4-2, 3.05 ERA).