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After yesterday's back-and-forth battle Texas fans were hoping for a bounce-back performance to even the series count on Saturday at The Disch. Instead, the 'Horns sleep-walked into a thrashing defeat.
It was a long and disappointing day. Oklahoma State maintained their momentum while Texas fell flat on all fronts.
If Oklahoma State is anything, it is a consistent team. The Cowboys scored an RBI sacrifice fly in the 2nd, and a solo homer from David Mendham in the 4th, his third of the series. Jake Thompson Along contributed with another solo homer in the 5th.
The game was kept close until the 6th inning when the Cowboys blew it wide open. A couple of RBI singles, a wild pitch on loaded bases that scored a run, and a 3-run homer expanded the lead to 10-0. Oklahoma State continued in the 7th and 8th innings with a solo homer, a fielder's choice RBI, an RBI double, and a groundout RBI to settle at 14 runs on the game.
Oklahoma State's entire lineup notched a hit before Texas registered one. Dylan Campbell doubled off the right field wall in the 6th to end Bryce Osmond's no-hitter. This lead to a glimmer of momentum for the 'Horns, eventually loading the bases with two outs, but a great over-the-shoulder catch from the Cowboys' shortstop, Marcus Brown, halted that momentum and kept Texas scoreless.
Tristan Stevens was the lone bright spot on the day but even he had his struggles. He pitched 5.2 innings with 99 pitches thrown and eight strikeouts, while surrendering four runs by way of two solo homers, an RBI single, and an RBI sacrifice fly.
Texas finally got on the board with a three-run homer from Austin Todd in the 8th inning that broke the Longhorns' all-time single season record for homeruns. The 2010 Texas Longhorns smashed a then record 81 homers on their way to the Super Regionals.
David Pierce and the Longhorns will look to get back on track with a 1:00 PM showing against the Cowboys on Sunday. That game will air on Longhorn Network.