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April 13, 2014

Longhorns hand Sooners second straight loss in series

NORMAN — A day after dropping a drama-filled, extra-innings contest to Texas on Friday, Oklahoma played like it took the loss as hard as could be expected from the series opener of a bitter rivalry.

It took Texas just four batters to pick up where it left off on Friday, with Tres Barrera bringing in Ben Johnson after he walked to give the Longhorns their first baserunner. It was a sign of things to come, and the Longhorns exploded in the fourth inning to cruise their way to a 7-2 victory and the series win over Oklahoma.

“It’s hard to play five, six down,” coach Pete Hughes said. “We had our chances early, but we didn’t take advantage. That was the pivotal part of the game.”

The Sooners (23-13, 4-4) evened the game up at one run apiece in the third inning, but even that was a disappointment after OU loaded the bases with no outs for Kolbey Carpenter. The sophomore brought in a run with a hard grounder, but Texas (28-8, 8-3) was able to turn two on the play. The Longhorns escaped the jam with an out on the next batter and set themselves up to take control two innings later.

The fourth inning began well enough for OU, with starting pitcher Adam Choplick retiring the first batter. But a walk to Barrera, a single by Collin Shaw and a single by CJ Hinojosa loaded the bases for the Longhorns. And unlike the Sooners — who stranded eight on Saturday — Texas took advantage. Madison Carter started the rally by singling in a run, and Kacy Clemens followed up with another timely single to score two runs and put the Longhorns on top 5-1.

That was the biggest difference between the two teams on Saturday. Texas had 10 hits — only two more than OU — but they came in much bigger moments. The Longhorns added two more runs in the fifth and OU managed to muster just one run the rest of the way as the rally fell short.

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