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The Texas Longhorns (31-16, 9-9) needed a win on Sunday to salvage a game, avoiding a sweep by the Oklahoma State Cowboys (31-13, 13-5). They played great baseball for the majority of the game, but a litany of hits from the Cowboys late, lifted them for the win.
The Longhorns had it going early in the game. Lead-off hitter Douglas Hodo began with a double down the 3rd base line, eventually scoring via a balk to give Texas its first lead of the series.
A hitting extravaganza in the 2nd inning allowed Texas to expand its lead to 5-0. An incredible back-to-back-to-back stretch of solo home runs from Silas Ardoin, Skyler Messinger, and Dylan Campbell set the tone early while Ivan Melendez finished with an RBI fly-out that drove in Douglas Hodo.
Austin Todd led-off the 5th inning with a triple off the left center wall, and a wild pitch on the subsequent at-bat allowed Todd to run home. Messinger followed with an RBI fly-out that walked in Murphy Stehly bringing the Longhorns' lead to 7-0.
Lucas Gordon garnered an outstanding start for the 'Horns. He pitched for 6 innings, throwing 101 pitches with a career-high 11 strikeouts.
The Longhorns were in control while Gordon manned the mound. However, the game flipped after he was pulled.
The Texas bullpen continued to struggle. The 7th inning featured five different Longhorn pitchers with only Luke Harrison able to get something going. This allowed the Cowboys to surge back, putting 10 runs on the board. A no-out, bases loaded walk began the rally followed by a 3-RBI double off the right center wall. A hit batter and a walk loaded the bases for a grand slam that gave the Cowboys an 8-7 lead. Lastly, a 2-RBI double up the middle secured the Cowboys 10 runs that ultimately delivered the win.
Trey Faltine responded with a solo homer in the 8th but it wasn't enough as the Cowboys seized a series sweep of the 'Horns in Austin.
Texas will look to bounce back against Houston Baptist at Disch-Falk Field on May 3rd at 6:30PM. The game will air on Longhorn Network.