April 25, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - Oklahoma State was swept in its series at No. 2 Texas as the Cowboys suffered a 9-3 loss Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With the loss, the Cowboys dropped to 23-16 overall and 5-10 in Big 12 Conference play. League-leading Texas won its 16th-straight game - 14 of those in Big 12 play - and improved to 34-7 and 16-2 against conference foes.
OSU freshman Andrew Heaney suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 3-1. The southpaw lasted just three innings and allowed five runs, four of them earned, on six hits.
Texas scored in each of the first five innings to help right-hander Brandon Workman improved to 8-1 on the year. Workman allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out nine in 6.2 innings of work.
The Cowboys threatened in the opening inning but failed to score. Davis Duren led off the game with a single and then stole second, and a one-out double by Kevin David put runners on second and third with one out as Duren had to hold up on the hit to see if UT right fielder Kevin Keyes would make the catch.
For the third-straight game, UT took a lead in the bottom of the first inning compliments of Cameron Rupp. This time, a two-out RBI double off the bat of the Longhorns' cleanup hitter made the score 1-0.
The Longhorns continued their two-out scoring in the second inning with a double from Cohl Walla that scored Kevin Lusson and gave UT a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Rupp continued his RBI tear. Tant Shepherd led off the frame with a triple to center field, and Rupp followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the third UT run. The Longhorns added another run in the inning when Kevin Keyes stole third and advanced to home on the play after a throwing error by David.
Texas took a 5-0 lead in the fourth. Jordan Etier led off the inning with a double and after advancing to third on a fly out, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Loy.
The Cowboys snapped a 19-inning scoreless streak in the sixth. Duren led off with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. Up next, David delivered a double to get OSU on the scoreboard.
OSU trimmed its deficit in half in the seventh with a two-run rally that knocked Workman from the game.
Josh Botts, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth, tripled to center field to score Nico Rosthenhausler with OSU's second run, and Duren followed with a double down the right-field line to make it 6-3.
UT answered in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run by Lusson to push the lead back to four at 7-3 and added two more in the eighth on a two-RBI single by Keyes.
Duren led OSU's offense with a 3-for-4 day and added his league-leading 28th stolen base. David was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
OSU returns to midweek action Tuesday when the Cowboys host Texas-Arlington at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Pokes then travel to Wichita State for a Wednesday contest.