OU-UT: Texas Closes It Out

By Glenn Tanner - March 30, 2007

Texas held off Oklahoma to take the opener of the series, 4-3.

This game really looked like it was being played in June. No errors by either team, nothing in the linescore except ones and zeros, and most importantly, both teams battling on every at-bat in every inning.

Texas even went all Tony LaRussa with the bullpen, using three pitchers on three hitters in the eighth inning.

Both starting pitchers had their struggles, but both bore down when they had to and put up pretty good lines. James Russell went 5.2 for the win, allowing two runs on six hits, walking none and fanning seven. Stephen Porlier suffered from some wildness, hitting three batters, but somehow went seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. And with the wind blowing out to left at about a 20mph clip, both guys did well to avoid big innings.

Texas closer Randy Boone notched his eighth save, striking out the last two in the ninth to end it.

Four runs on nine hits for the Longhorns. Chance Wheeless, Brad Suttle, and Kyle Russell had two hits each.

OU produced three runs on eight hits, with each of the top eight hitters in the lineup getting a hit.

Game two tomorrow at 2pm, and the threat of rain is supposed to be gone by noon.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 10:10 PM on March 30, 2007

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