OU-UT: Monster Shot

By Glenn Tanner - March 30, 2007

After five innings, Texas leads Oklahoma 3-2.

The luck just didn't go Texas pitcher James Russell's way in the fourth. With two out, Aaron Baker reached on a check-swing single. Jackson Williams followed with a roller down the third base line that bounced off the bag and went for a double. Aaron Ivey then bounced one right back at Russell. Russell instinctively tried to bare-hand it, but couldn't hold on, then fumbled the ball when he tried to pick it up off the ground, and Baker scored to tie it.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Russell hit his NCAA-leading 17th homer to give Texas the lead back. This one was a blast, clearing the 20-foot 'Green Monster' centerfield fence that's 400 feet away. The bomb makes Russell the 30th player to clear the Monster in the history of Disch-Falk Field. Here's the list of the other 29.

Both pitchers are getting up there on the pitch counts. Russell is at 90 after five and will probably need a quick sixth inning to return for the seventh. Porlier's count is pushing 100 and is in the same boat.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 08:49 PM on March 30, 2007

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