Texas comes from behind to top OU
Knebel ties UT freshman record with 14th save of the season
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 7 Texas registered a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against No. 14 Oklahoma on Saturday in game two of the three-game series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. With the win, the Longhorns earned their 13th consecutive regular-season series win against the Sooners.
For the second consecutive game, the Longhorns held Oklahoma to just four hits. In each of their last five meetings over the last two years Texas has held the Sooners to four hits or less.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Longhorns began to change the momentum when Erich Weiss blasted a home run over the wall in right centerfield to lead off the frame. It was his third home run of the season and increased his hit streak to 15 games.
The Longhorns claimed their first lead of the contest in the third inning. With one out, Brandon Loy singled and Mark Payton followed with a single and moved to second on the throw to third to put a pair in scoring position. A double by Tant Shepherd brought Loy and Payton home to tie the game. A single through the left side by Paul Montalbano pushed in Shepherd to cap the third inning with the Longhorns leading 4-3.
Oklahoma (30-13, 9-9) plated its runs in the bottom of the second when Tyler Ogle drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on sacrifice bunt by Cameron Seitzer. Ricky Eisenberg singled to the gap in right centerfield to push Ogle across for the game’s first run. Chris Ellison followed with a walk and a double steal put two in scoring position. After Cale Ellis struck out for the second out, Caleb Bushyhead tripled to the wall in right centerfield driving in a pair and extending the lead to 3-0.
After the rough second inning, Cole Green (4-3) bounced back to earn the win. He yielded three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six over 6.0 innings.
Hoby Milner entered in the seventh inning to relieve Green and held the Sooners scoreless across 2.0 innings with just one hit with one strikeout. Corey Knebel earned his 14th save of the season, walking one and hitting one batter, while striking out one in the ninth inning. He tied the UT freshman record for saves in the contest.
Burch Smith (7-3) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one across 2.1 innings. Jordan John stabilized the game for the Sooners, scattering three hits across 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out three.
Jacob Felts was the lone player in the game to register multiple hits, going 2 for 3 for the Longhorns.