May 24, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Sophomore David Hernandez chipped an 0-2 offering for an RBI single to cap a three-run rally and lead the Texas Longhorns to a come-from-behind 11-10 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship baseball action at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Saturday morning.
With Texas trailing 10-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell drew walks from Jake McCarter to leadoff the frame. Chase Anderson came in to pitch for the Sooners and induced a pop up on a bunt attempt by Russell Moldenhauer for the first out. Brandon Belt reignited the rally with a single to rightfield, plating Danks and trimming the lead to 10-9. Preston Clark struck out looking to bring Hernandez to the plate with two outs. Hernandez swung at strike two in the dirt, but a wild pitch allowed Russell to score from third and put Belt in scoring position. Hernandez golfed the next pitch into centerfield for the game-winning run.
Oklahoma (34-24-1) had ninth-inning heroics of its own to take the lead. With Texas nursing an 8-7 advantage, Casey Johnson hit a leadoff double to centerfield. Doug Buser attempted a sacrifice bunt and when none of the Longhorns picked it up it resulted in a single, putting runners at the corners. An error on a fielder's choice grounder by Aaron Baker drove in Johnson with a game-tying run. Oklahoma scored two more runs when Aljay Davis was hit by a pitch with bases loaded and Mike Gosse drew a bases-loaded walk, staking the Sooners to a 10-8 lead.
Texas (36-20) drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Torres reached base on a fielding error to lead off the inning and scored on a double down the leftfield line by Jordan Danks. With two outs, Brandon Belt singled to plate Danks and stake the Longhorns to a 2-0 advantage.
The Longhorns tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Kyle Russell singled to centerfield and scored on a double to rightfield by Russell Moldenhauer. Belt followed with a walk and Preston Clark drove in Moldenhauer with a double down the leftfield line.
Oklahoma broke the scoring seal in the top of the fourth inning. J.T. Wise and Casey Johnson hit singles to ignite the Sooners' offense. Jarod Freeman sacrificed the runners over with a bunt, a walk drawn by Aaron Baker loaded the bases and Bryant Hernandez plated Wise with a groundout to first base, closing the Texas margin to 4-1.
The Longhorns inflated the cushion to 6-1 with a pair in the home half of the fourth when Cameron Rupp hit a leadoff single up the middle and Travis Tucker followed with a two-run home run down the leftfield line.
The Sooners had a six-run uprising in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Hernandez and Jamie Johnson sandwiched singles around a Matt Harughty walk to load the bases. Cole Green relieved UT starter Kenn Kasparek on the mound and issued a walk to Davis, plating Hernandez and cutting the lead to 6-2. With one out, a wild pitch scored Davis and put runners at first and second. Green retired Wise on strikes, but a walk to Casey Johnson reloaded the bases and Jarod Freeman unloaded them with a game-tying, three-run triple down the rightfield line. Baker gave Oklahoma a 7-6 lead with a single up the middle.
Texas knotted the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Russell doubled to the gap in leftfield, moved to third on a groundout by Moldenhauer and scored on a single down the leftfield line by Belt.
The Longhorns reclaimed the lead in the eighth inning. Cameron Rupp drew a walk with one out and moved to third on a two-base throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Tucker singled through the left side of a drawn-in infield for the go-ahead run.
Belt spearheaded the Texas arsenal, going 3-for-4 with one run and three RBI. Tucker went 2-for-4 with one run, one home run and three RBI. Russell went 2-for-4 with one double and three runs scored. Danks went 2-for-4 with two runs, one double and one RBI.
Casey Johnson and Baker each went 2-for-4 for Oklahoma with Johnson logging a double and two runs and Baker posting one run, and two RBI. Bryant Hernandez added a pair of hits and Freeman had a team-high three RBI.
Keith Shinaberry (2-1) earned the win for Texas retiring the only batter he faced with a strikeout.
Anderson (5-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on two hits and one strikeout over 0.2 innings.
The loss eliminated Oklahoma from the tournament. The Longhorns need a win from Texas A&M against Missouri to advance to the championship game on Sunday.