AUSTIN, Texas -- The scoring drought against No. 1 Texas ended in the series finale on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field as the Sooners pounded out 11 hits, but the losing did not stop, as OU suffered a hard-fought 11-7 loss. Sunday’s loss completed the sweep for the Longhorns (32-6, 9-5) as OU falls to 20-15 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.
Kody Kaiser hit a two-run shot to left field in the top of the seventh inning to bring OU within one run (8-7) but Texas countered, in the same frame, with a homer by Drew Stubbs to pad the lead the to two runs, and added two extra-insurance runs in the ninth to finish the series sweep.
Texas defeated OU 2-0 in ten innings on Friday following a two-run walk-off homer by Drew Stubbs and the Longhorns held OU hitless in game two of the series for the 4-0 victory on Saturday.
On Sunday, OU took the game’s first lead in its first at-bat on Eric Thornton’s double to left-center field that plated Chuckie Caufield, who led off the frame with an infield single.
Texas immediately countered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first with a tally scored by Nick Peoples after Taylor Teargarden grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
The Longhorns would take advantage of a throwing error by OU catcher Jackson Williams, on a failed pick-off, to take their first lead in the second inning and added another score on an RBI single by Robby Hudson later in the frame.
The lead changed hands again in the Sooners’ third inning. Freddy Rodriguez led things off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Caufield and scored on a single to right field off Thornton’s second RBI of the game. Ryan Rohlinger, who advanced to second on Thornton’s single, later crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the ball game. Russell Raley then put the Sooners ahead (4-3) in the third on his first hit of the series, an RBI single that plated Thornton.
After OU starter Brad Burns was chased out of the game in the second frame, John Brownell entered out of the Sooners’ pen and held Texas scoreless in the bottom of the third. However, Texas got to Brownell in the fourth frame and tagged him for three earned runs to regain the lead, 6-4.
Both Sooner hurlers allowed three runs apiece (Burns-two earned) and that paved the way for (LHP) Garrett Patterson, who entered the game with OU trailing by one run (6-5) following an RBI single by Raley in the fifth. Patterson lasted just 1.1 innings and was able to keep Texas scoreless in the fifth before being charged with two runs -one earned- in the sixth frame.
It was in the seventh inning, that the teams exchanged home runs with OU’s P.J. Sandoval and UT’s Buck Cody on the respective mounds.
Stewart Clayton (8-0) recorded the win for the Longhorns after 3.2 innings of effective relief. He limited the Sooners to three hits and one run while striking out two. J.B. Cox nailed down his ninth save this season for Texas with two innings of one-hit ball.
Stubbs, Chance Wheeless and Clay Van Hook all recorded two RBI in the game and combined for seven of Texas’ 17 hits.
For OU, Brownell took the defeat to fall to 2-3 on the year. Brownell lost the Sooners’ 3-2 lead in the fourth and finished the day after recording two strikeouts, two walks and allowing three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings thrown.
The middle of the Sooners’ lineup led the offensive charge as Thornton (3-for-5), Kaiser (2-for-3), Raley (2-for-4) and Smith (2-for-5) recorded all six of OU’s runs batted in.
The Sooners return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against UT-Arlington in Norman. The game will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play on $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park