May 17, 2001
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Seventh-seeded Oklahoma advanced to the third round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament with a 9-7 upset win over third-seeded Texas Thursday morning at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark. The Sooners (24-32-1) rallied from a five-run deficit to eliminate the Longhorns (34-24) from the tournament in the first ever meeting between the two schools in Big 12 tournament history. OU now owns a four-game winning streak over UT in tournament play dating back to three NCAA tournament regional contests in 1994 and 1995.
Both teams plated single runs in the first inning before Texas went ahead with five runs in the top of the second inning. After a run had already crossed the plate for the Longhorns, a bizarre play in the field allowed four more runs to score for UT. With two outs and runners at the corners, OU freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (1-for-4) attempted to field a ground ball which was interfered with by an umpire giving UT second baseman Ryan Hubele (2-for-5) a RBI base hit. Designated hitter Ben King (1-for-4) then followed with a three-run triple to give Texas a 6-1 lead.
Oklahoma starter Evan Greusel (4-5) and reliever Austin Mix combined to silence Texas over the next six frames, while Oklahoma scored seven unanswered runs to pull ahead for the win. Greusel lasted five complete innings and surrendered only six hits and six runs (four earned) for his second career victory in the Big 12 Conference tournament. Mix worked the final four innings and gave up only one run to record his first career save.
Oklahoma mounted its comeback in the second inning with a solo homer by junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4). A two-run homer by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (4-for-5) sparked a four-run rally for OU in the next inning to pull OU even with UT at 6-6. Bartletts four hits registered a personal season-best and tied his career high.
OU senior catcher Sean Smith (3-for-5) accounted for two of the Sooners final two runs as the senior catcher singled in Bartlett in the fourth inning and blasted his sixth home run of the season in the eighth frame to cap off the scoring for Oklahoma.
Oklahoma will next face the loser of Thursday nights contest between No. 2 Texas Tech (40-16-1) and No. 6 Texas A&M (31-26). The elimination bracket game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Friday.