|W - Thornhill (6-0)||9.0||5||1||1||1||6|
|L - Evans (3-2)||5.0||8||4||3||1||5|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|UT - Payton||6||1||3||1||0||0|
|UT - Gurwitz||4||2||2||0||1||0|
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 26 University of Oklahoma baseball team was swept by No. 7 Texas in a three-game series, culminating with an 8-1 decision in front of 1,156 at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon. The two teams endured a two-hour rain delay as the Sooners dropped to 23-14 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12 and the Longhorns improved to 29-8 and 9-3.
The attendance totaled 7,269 on the weekend, passing the previous three-game high of 6,689 set against Texas in 2004.
Oklahoma was playing from behind early in each game this series as Texas second baseman Brooks Marlow led off the game with a home run, aided by heavy winds blowing out, to center field.
“Their offense was so well-placed—if that’s a good way to put it,” began head coach Pete Hughes. “And that’s not taking anything away from them, because when you don’t strike out, good things happen. They got 15 hits. That’s the best .260-hitting team that I’ve seen. They found the holes, but that is baseball. Today was not our day, it was all theirs. They played better than us. They played better defense than we did, they pitched better than we did and they swung better than we did.”
Junior second baseman Keach Ballard (Durant, Okla.) led off the bottom of the third with a double to left-center and came around to score on a base hit up the middle by senior shortstop Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.) to tie the game, 1-1.
In the fourth, the Longhorns plated three runs on three hits, an error and a passed ball.
After the top of the fifth inning the game went into a delay that featured, rain, hail and lightning.
Sophomore lefty Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) pitched the first five innings before the delay for Oklahoma. In his third start of the season, he surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. For Evans (3-2), it was his first start since February 21.
Right-hander Nathan Thornhill threw just 42 pitches before the break and returned to the hill for Texas in the fifth. He went on to toss 96 pitches in a complete game victory. Thornhill (6-0) scattered six hits and a walk, while giving up just one ran and striking out six.
“Long day,” Hughes simply stated. “[Thornhill] pitched great. You don’t ever see guys come back after that long of a rain delay and still be as effective. I’ve never seen it. So I definitely thought the advantage was going to go our way after that delay. It’s hard to sit—we sat for over an hour and forty-five minutes. He was still effective. He had command and life on his fastball. I thought he was really, really good. Thornhill was excellent. They were better than us today.”
The Longhorns outhit the Sooners, 15-5. Center fielder Mark Payton went 3-for-6, all three for doubles, with a run and a RBI. Third baseman Zane Gurwitz doubled and scored twice in a 2-for-4 effort.
Lorenzana went 2-for-3 at the dish for Oklahoma.
The Sooners are back in action on Tuesday night for a non-conference tilt at Oklahoma State beginning at 6:30 pm.