No. 3 Texas salvages split with OU
Longhorns rebound from first conference loss of season
AUSTIN, Texas -- Third-ranked Texas rallied back from its series-opening loss to knock off No. 14 Oklahoma, 5-3, Sunday afternoon to split the season series. The victory improved the Longhorns to 44-5 on the year and 13-1 in the Big 12, while the Sooners fell to 35-16 and 8-8 in league play.
Sophomore All-America righthander Blaire Luna (26-3) fired her 25th complete game of the season in the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, while walking six and fanning two. Oklahoma starter Keilani Ricketts (22-12) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five in 3.1 innings of work.
Sophomore rightfielder Taylor Hoagland ripped her 13th home run of the season in the third to tie the Texas single-season record set by junior leftfielder Courtney Craig in 2010. Craig shined in the win as well, hitting a solo homer, walking and scoring a pair of runs. Freshman centerfielder Brejae Washington bolstered the offense with a team-best two hits and one run scored.
Oklahoma got on the board in the first, taking advantage of a one-out walk by first baseman Chana'e Jones to start the rally and an RBI single by designated player Jessica Shults to grab a 1-0 edge.
Texas answered in the second, using a one-out walk by Craig and a single through the right side by freshman shortstop Taylor Thom to set the table. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position and a Ricketts wild pitch allowed Craig to race home and even the game at one.
The Sooners reclaimed the lead in the third after a leadoff single by centerfielder Destinee Martinez and two walks loaded the bases for third baseman Dani Dobbs, who singled to put OU in front 2-1.
Hoagland and the Horns responded in the home half of the third, with the sophomore hammering a leadoff homer to centerfield to start the frame. Washington and Thom followed with a pair of infield singles and on senior catcher Amy Hooks' sacrifice bunt Washington scored from second and Thom moved to third. Another wild pitch by Ricketts allowed Thom to scamper home and give the Horns a 4-2 lead.
In the fourth, Oklahoma used a leadoff single by Javen Henson to start the inning and took advantage of a UT error on Jones' single to narrow the lead to one.
Craig capped the scoring in the fifth for Texas, stepping to the plate and smashing the 24th home run of her career onto 21st Street to push the UT advantage to 5-3.