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Tom Belza was 2-for-4 and scored OSU's lone run.

Tom Belza was 2-for-4 and scored OSU's lone run.

April 23, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas - Oklahoma State's four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night as No. 2 Texas knocked off the Cowboys, 14-1, at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.


With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 5-8 in Big 12 Conference play and 23-14 overall, while the league-leading Longhorns improved to 14-2 in the Big 12 and 32-7 overall.


OSU starter Thomas Keeling suffered the loss as the junior southpaw allowed nine runs on eight hits in four innings of work. He recorded six strikeouts and three walks and fell to 3-5 on the season.


The Cowboys managed just four hits - two of those by Tom Belza - against UT's Taylor Jungmann, who tossed a complete game and collected eight strikeouts to improve to 4-1.


OSU squandered a scoring opportunity in the top of the first. Belza doubled and took third on a wild pitch, and after a walk to Kevin David, the Cowboys had runners on first and third with one out. But Jungmann pitched out of the jam when he got Nico Rosthenhausler to ground into an inning-ending double play.


The Longhorns would take advantage of their opportunity in the bottom of the first. After back-to-back walks to Brandon Loy and Tant Shepherd, Cameron Rupp blasted a three-run home run off the scoreboard in left-center field to put UT up, 3-0.


UT added its fourth run in the second inning, getting a two-out RBI single from Loy to make it 4-0.


OSU managed its only run in the fourth. Belza singled to open the frame, and David followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. After a groundout, Mark Ginther delivered a sacrifice fly to trim the Cowboys' deficit to 4-1, but Jungmann escaped further damage by striking out Dane Phillips to end the inning.


The Longhorns struck again with a two-out rally in the fourth. Kevin Lusson started the rally with a double off the glove of a diving Dusty Harvard in center field, and Connor Rowe followed with a triple off the center field wall to give UT a 5-1 advantage.


In the fifth, Texas got back-to-back singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with no outs, and Kevin Keyes then stepped to the plate and delivered a two-RBI double to make it 7-1 and knock Keeling out of the game.


Chance Deason came out of the OSU bullpen to replace Keeling, but the Longhorns promptly added to their lead as Russell Moldenhauer brought home a pair of runs with a single.


Leading 9-1 in the sixth, UT tacked on three more runs, all coming with two outs, on a two-run double by Rupp and an RBI single by Keyes.


With his teammates supplying plenty of offense, Jungmann ended the game strong as he allowed just one base runner over the final 5.2 innings, that coming on a walk in the eighth, and retired 14 in a row during one stretch.


UT's 3-4-5 hitters - Shepherd, Rupp and Keyes - combined for six hits and 10 RBIs. 

The second game of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m.



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