NORMAN, Okla. --The No. 14 Sooners lost their third straight game with a 9-4 loss on Saturday to No. 11 Texas at L. Dale Mitchell Park with 2,130 fans on hand. Oklahoma fell to 20-9 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns improved to 21-10 and 6-1.
The Sooners fell behind early but rallied to erase a 4-0 deficit with one run in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning. However, the Longhorns used a five-run seventh inning to cruise to their sixth straight victory over OU.
After Preston Clark put Texas ahead 3-0 with his three-run homer in the third inning, the lead was increased to four runs after a pair of errors by the Sooners. OU and Texas each committed a season-high four errors in the ball game.
In the fifth inning, the Sooners got on the board after Joseph Krebs beamed Aaron Reza with the bases loaded. Krebs took the mound after starter Kenn Kasparek lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run off two hits and four walks.
OU tied things up in the sixth inning, thanks to a two-run double by Kody Kaiser and a sacrifice fly by Jackson Williams.
As the Sooners looked to win their sixth come from behind victory this season, Texas put the game out of reach with another three-run homer, this time off the bat of Drew Stubbs. The three-run shot to right field was sandwiched between a Chance Wheeless RBI-single and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Russell.
Texas’ Randy Boone earned the victory and improved to 2-2 after allowing one run (unearned) in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
OU’s Steven Guerra (8-1), who leads the Big 12 with eight wins, suffered his first loss of 2006 with six innings tossed and four earned runs allowed. The Longhorns crossed the plate six times on Guerra’s watch and connected for nine base hits. Guerra dropped his first decision since the 2005 Oxford Regional on June 4 against Mississippi after striking out three batters and walking zero batters on Saturday for the fifth time this season.
On the offensive end, five different Longhorns had two base hits in the ball game, including Stubbs and Clark who both connected for three RBI apiece. For Oklahoma, Kaiser tied a season high with three hits and he also led the way with two RBI.
OU dropped the series opener 2-0 on Friday and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. OU’s P.J. Sandoval (3-1, 5.14 ERA) is expected to throw opposite Texas’ Adrian Alaniz (4-0, 1.92 ERA). Sunday’s game can be heard live on KOKC 1520 AM and Sirius Satellite (Channel 158). The series finale will also be televised live on ESPNU (DirecTV Ch. 609).