AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 9 University of Oklahoma baseball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 9-3 defeat to Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday evening. The Sooners fell to 26-8 overall and evened out at 4-4 in the Big 12, while the Longhorns improved to 22-12 and 6-5.
Against OU sophomore right-hander Ryan Madden (Westminster, Colo.), the first Sooner reliever of the day, Texas got six batters in a row to reach with two down in the bottom of the sixth. The Longhorns got the lead on a single up the middle that was kicked into foul territory on the first base side off the foot of Madden. A four-pitch walk then loaded the bases; setting up a grand slam home run to push the UT lead to 7-2 off the bat of first baseman Kacy Clemens.
The day got off to a great start for the Sooner hitters as the first four batters of the day all reached. Senior center fielder Ben Hollas (Longview, Texas) hit a leadoff-single to left and a hit-by-pitch and bunt-single, intended to be a sacrifice-bunt, loaded the bases. Sophomore left fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) then singled to center to bring in two runs.
Texas would put seven unanswered on the board; getting the first run back immediately in the bottom of the first. It was the Longhorns’ first two-out rally of the day. After OU sophomore right-hander Jake Irvin (Bloomington, Minn.) got the first two batters he faced in his return to the rotation, right fielder Travis Jones lined a double to right-center, advanced on a passed ball and scored on an infield-single to short by Kacy Clemens.
In the third, designated hitter Kody Clemens tied the game on a solo home run to left.
Right-hander Morgan Cooper (4-2) got the win in 6.2 innings for Texas. He did not allow a hit in the second through sixth innings. Overall, Cooper surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Irvin, who last started for Oklahoma on March 17, was pulled with nobody on and two outs in the fourth. In 3.2 innings of work, he gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits, no walks and three strikeouts on 63 pitches.
Madden (4-1) took his first loss of the season. He was tagged for five runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks in one inning.
Game three of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m.