FINAL: Oklahoma 3 – Texas 2

In the series finale with a win hanging in the balance, Texas did not produce the timely hit they needed, falling to Oklahoma, 3-2. The 2-1 series loss is the third straight weekend series lost by Texas, who has now lost eight of the last nine games.

Augie Garrido was frustrated with the outcome, “The difference in the game was RBI hits. They had one more than we did and we had a foul ball that ties the game [miss] by three feet, so that's the difference in the game.” Garrido continued by saying it wasn’t this particular game that upset him, it was that this game happened in the midst of an unexpected run of 17 defeats.

The Sooners racked up 12 hits on the afternoon – the Longhorns had 11. The teams combined for 21 singles, with each squad only having one extra base hit (a double by Collin Shaw (UT) and a double by Craig Aikin (OU)).

OU struck for single runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings, with Taylor Alspaugh’s sixth inning RBI to center field proving to be the difference in the game. Michael Cantu and Tres Barrera each had two hits in addition to the Horns’ two RBI’s.

Starting pitcher Kyle Johnston only lasted 2.1 innings, allowing six baserunners, but striking out two hitters and only giving up one earned run. Seven other pitchers entered in relief for the final 6.2 innings of the game. Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke were the only relievers to throw for more than 1.0 IP, but each player also allowed one run.

OU starter Robert Tasin earned the win by scattering nine hits and two walks over 6.0 innings of work. Jacob Evans got the save (4), by throwing the final three frames where he did not walk a batter and struck out three Longhorns.


POST GAME

Augie Garrido

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On message to the team: “Skip Johnson delivered the sermon. We have to do better. We have to convert and take quality at bats in certain situations. It's really the problem. It's about RBIs, not hits.”

His outlook on today’s game: “The difference in the game certainly wasn't hits. The difference in the game was RBI hits. They had one more than we did and we had a foul ball that ties the game by three feet, so that's the difference in the game. The pitchers on both sides were pretty much the same. We may have walked more but that's because they did a better job of managing their strike zone than we did.”

On not having a Sunday starter: “It's a legitimate concern. We have to win all three games, especially the position we are in now. We must win at least two of three in each one of these games. The Sunday game typically can be anyone's game. We would have an ace for Sunday if [Chad] Hollingsworth wasn't slowed down by his shoulder.”

On freshman catcher, Michael Cantu: “I think [Michael] Cantu was absolutely spectacular this weekend. He threw out every base runner that tried to run on him. He caught the ball. He blocked the ball. He took quality at bats. He is a very mature baseball player. We certainly have a leader and a model to follow in him.”

Michael Cantu

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On the team’s approach: “We don't look at the standings. The most important game is the next one. We just have to keep grinding and keep trying to win ball games. I think if we do that, everything will take care of itself. We can't worry about wins or losses. We just have to worry about the next game.”

On today’s game: “We hit balls hard, but they just didn't fall for us. We squared some balls up with runners in scoring position, they just didn't fall. It's frustrating. We just need to stay focused and composed. Baseball is a frustrating game and it's just how you react to it and keep rolling.”

On his personal success, despite the loss: “I think just trusting myself and having confidence in my teammates. It's trusting myself, my defense, my players, and my teammates. I think that's a big thing.”