FINAL: Oklahoma 3 – Texas 2

For the third consecutive weekend, the Texas Longhorns lost an extra-inning game, squandering multiple chances to win. On Friday, Texas lost to Oklahoma 3-2 in 12 innings, despite solid outings from the pitching staff.

The Texas offense left nine men on base in the game, and was held scoreless for the game’s final eight frames. Oklahoma’s 2 through 4 hitters were 7-16 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a walk while only striking out once. Contrast those totals with Tres Barrera, CJ Hinojosa and Collin Shaw who combined to hit 1-15 with four strikeouts.

After the game, Augie Garrido talked about the team’s inability to execute and failure to take care of the fundamentals of the game. He continued, “When our veteran hitters strike out on balls out of the strike zone over, and over, and over again – it’s a lack of execution.”

Starting pitcher Parker French kept OU in check for most of the night, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned. French struck out a batter in the seventh inning, but Barrera was unable to secure the pitch, allowing the batter to reach base. OU took advantage of the extra out, tying the game on an RBI single in the next at bat.

After a two out double by Brooks Marlow and an intentional walk to Ben Johnson, the Horns appeared in position to win the game in the 10th inning, but Barrera struck out swinging to end the rally.

In nearly the exact same type of situation, Oklahoma got a two-out double and an intentional walk in the twelfth inning. However, the next batter, Austin O’Brien, capitalized on the opportunity with a game-winning RBI single.

POST GAME

Augie Garrido

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On his diagnosis of the game: “The runs [our defense] put them in position to get to tie the score were a result of not playing fundamentally sound baseball. The lack of runs [on offense] came from the lack of extended rallies, and [lack of] advancing runners into scoring position when we had the lead-off hitter on. It absolutely gets down to the fundamentals of the game and the execution of the plays that will set up - get your lead-off hitter on, advance the lead-off hitter into scoring position and then get a hit and score the run. It all gets back to, if you don't get runs yourself, then you can't cover up the details of the mistakes that you make.”

On potential lineup adjustments: “We have other players that can play. [Bret] Boswell can play now, his back is better. At the same time, the coaching staff is trying to be optimistic and help them gain confidence by the way we're practicing. [We want them to gain confidence] with the drills we're doing, the competitiveness that we're putting into the practices and the fun we're putting into the practices. However, tonight was not an extension of the way we've practiced the last two days and the way we competed in the last two days.”


Ben Johnson

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On whether if the lineup can overcome the slump: “Yeah, absolutely. We show it every day in practice. We showed it in the fall, we've shown it early on, it's just not clicking right now. It could be we're trying too hard. It could be some things just aren't going our way. No one really has the answer, but we've just got to keep sticking with it and get it turned around.”

On another extra inning loss: “Obviously it's not fun, but it's baseball, so I keep grinding through it and just find a way to come out on top and stick with it.”

On offensive issues: “We didn't execute. We didn't get bunts down that we needed to. We swung at pitches that were out of the zone. We didn't execute, and you're not going to win baseball games that way.”