April 14, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Oklahoma State was swept by No. 23 Texas in a doubleheader Saturday at UFCU-Disch Falk Field as the Cowboys suffered a 5-0 loss in the opener before falling 3-2 in the nightcap.
OSU, which entered the day on a four-game winning streak, is now 18-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 Conference play after dropping its third league series of the season. Texas improved to 20-13 and 9-3 in the league.
Mark Payton was the hero for Texas in the nightcap as he delivered an opposite-field solo home run over the wall in left in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted the Longhorns to the win.
The homer ruined a superb effort from OSU right-hander Vince Wheeland, who tossed the first complete game of his career but fell to 2-1 on the year. The sophomore allowed just two earned runs and five hits and did not issue a walk. The eight-inning effort marked a career high, besting last week’s 6.2 inning effort against Kansas.
Following Payton’s blast, the Cowboys still had an opportunity in their final at bat. With one out, Jarrett Higgins walked, and Jared Womack followed with a single. Higgins then advanced to third on a fly out, but Mark Ginther popped out to end the game.
The Cowboys finished with nine hits in the nightcap but left 11 runners stranded on the base paths.
OSU jumped out to an early lead in the contest, getting two runs in the top of the first on an RBI single by Robbie Rea and a run-scoring double off the bat of Gabe Weidenaar.
The Longhorns answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and then tied the game in the third on an RBI groundout by Erich Weiss.
In the fourth, OSU just missed retaking the lead when, with runners on second and third and two outs, Womack sent a line drive to right field that Payton dove to catch and end the inning.
In Saturday’s opener, the OSU offense never got on track against UT starter Parker French as the Longhorn freshman improved to 4-1 by tossing eight scoreless innings and striking out six.
UT would plate a pair of unearned runs in the fourth off OSU starter Kyle Ottoson (2-5). A throwing error by Ginther allowed the first run to score, and a successful squeeze bunt gave the Horns a 2-0 lead.
The Longhorns mounted a two-out rally in the sixth to take command. An RBI single by Jacob Felts got things started, and Payton followed that by blooping a single to shallow left field off reliever Chase Stevens to put UT up 5-0.
OSU managed just six hits in the contest, three of those by Zach Fish, who finished 3-for-4.
The Cowboys return to action Tuesday when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State.