STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State suffered its third-straight loss Thursday night as Texas knocked off the 18th-ranked Cowboys, 8-5, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, OSU fell to 19-6 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play. The current three-game skid marks just the fourth time in the 32-year history of Reynolds Stadium that the Cowboys have lost more than two consecutive games on their home field.
The Longhorns (16-9, 2-2) collected 13 hits on the night against OSU ace Jason Hursh to hand the sophomore his first loss of the season. UT tagged the right-hander for eight runs, six of them earned, as he fell to 3-1 on the season.
"(Texas) swung the bats aggressively and swung the bats well," said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. "We made a mistake or two, and they capitalized on it. That's a credit to their team.
"(Hursh) settled in and gave us seven innings. Even though it wasn't his best seven innings, he still gave us seven and kept us from having to get in our bullpen too early on the wrong side of the score. I appreciate his effort. He'll bounce back. He's our guy, and we've got his back."
UT jumped out to a quick two-run lead with four hits in the first inning. Weston Hall got things started with a one-out single, and Erich Weiss, who finished 3-for-4 in the contest, delivered an RBI double to plate the Longhorns' first run. Mark Payton followed with a single to make it 2-0.
The Cowboys trimmed their deficit in half in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Tanner Krietemeier, a hit that extended the junior's hitting streak to 18 games, and they would take a 3-2 lead in the second inning on RBIs by Donnie Walton and Gage Green.
That advantage was short lived, however, as in the third, UT rallied for four runs to take a lead it never surrendered. The big blow in the inning came on a three-run home run by Jeremy Montalbano that put the Horns up 6-3.
The Cowboys opened the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles by Zach Fish and Victor Romero, but they managed just one run in the inning, an RBI groundout by Robbie Rea that cut their deficit to 6-4.
Texas added its final scores in the fourth, taking advantage of an error by Hursh and plating two unearned runs on a single by C.J. Hinojosa.
UT reliever Travis Duke kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to earn his first win of the season, but the home team would mount one final rally in the eighth off Ty Marlow.
Romero led off the eighth with a double, and after a strikeout, Rea brought Romero home with a double of his own to make the score 8-5.
Following the score, the Longhorns called on closer Corey Knebel, who entered the game with 33 career saves. The first batter he faced, designated hitter Trey Whaley, sent a sharp grounder up the middle, but Hinojosa made a great play to rob Whaley of a hit. Second baseman Brooks Marlow followed that with a web gem of his own as he stole an RBI hit off the bat of Walton on another ball up the middle to get UT out of the inning.
"Those kids played fantastic (defensively) - you've got to tip your cap to the other team when they're making plays like that," Holliday said. "That was a big part of them keeping us in check there in those middle and late innings."
OSU finished with 11 hits, with Aaron Cornell, Fish, Romero and Rea all collecting two hits apiece.