For the second consecutive game, the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners built a sizable lead early before ultimately dropping the contest. On Saturday evening, Skip Johnson program once again tussled with the No. 17 Texas Longhorns.
After holding Texas scoreless in the top of the frame, the Sooner offense churned out three run in the bottom of the first inning. The first runner to cross home plate was Cade Harris thanks to a Steele Walker single. Brady Lindsly drove in Brandon Zaragoza on a single of his own to center field. Finally, Kyle Mendenhall knocked another single to center allowing Kyler Murray passage to home as well before the scoring ended.
With a three run lead and home field advantage, Devon Perez returned to the bump. Tossing four innings, the senior faced nineteen batters. Surrendering two hits, the right-handed pitcher also allowed two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Calling it a night, the coaching staff sent the freshman, Levi Prater, to the mound.
On a cold night, the lefty showcased what could be by striking out six batters. However, Prater’s night ended after giving up a second home run on the outing.
After pulling even with Oklahoma in the top of the fifth inning at 3-3 on a homerun by Kody Clemens, the Longhorns looked for an opportunity to seal the game. Playing solid defense, that chance arose in the eighth inning. With Clemens on base, Zach Zubia hammered the ball. Sending one over the fence, the Longhorns claimed their first lead of the game, 5-3.
That would prove to be the final score as the Texas pitching staff finished off the Sooners. The Longhorns may have claimed the series, but OU will look to end the now two-game skid on Sunday in the series finale.