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April 7, 2013

Sooners unable to push run across in loss to Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas — Through two games with Texas, its come down to two hits. The Sooners got it in Friday’s series opener. Saturday, the hit belonged to Texas.

Ben Johnson slapped an RBI single to score Matt Gottsacker in the bottom of the fifth inning. That was it in terms of offense Saturday afternoon at Disch-Falk Field as Texas held on for the 1-0 win.

“It was a great game to watch. We just didn’t get that run across,” OU second baseman Jack Mayfield said.

It was a classic pitchers’ duel once again. Dillon Overton held the Longhorns to one run on five hits with six strikeouts. The performance lowered his ERA from 2.68 to 2.35, but his record sank to 6-2.

The left-hander battled a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand in his previous three starts. The wound was finally healed for Saturday’s game.

“Yeah, to me that was one of the best outings I’ve had all season. The blister is finally gone of my finger and it was warm weather; I felt good,” Overton said. “Baseball is a tough sport and sometimes that happens.”

But he was outdueled by Texas’ Dillon Peters (2-2). The Longhorns’ left-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and held the Sooners to two hits over 7 2-3 innings.

Peters struck out five and didn’t issue a walk. The only batter to reach in the first seven innings was Craig Aikin, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning.

OU (26-6, 6-2 Big 12) only put three runners in scoring position all day. The last two came in the eighth inning.

The Sooners finally made an adjustment to Peters heading into the inning. He’d been living on the outside corner throughout the game. Starting with Kolbey Carpeter’s leadoff at-bat, OU started crowding the plate.

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