OU-UT: OU Fights Back

By Glenn Tanner - April 01, 2007

OU has countered UT's 4th-inning crooked two with an even more crooked three spot in the top of the fifth. After five innings, the Sooners lead 4-2. It's the first time all weekend that Oklahoma has put anything other than a one or zero on the board in an inning.

Nine-hole hitter Aaron Ivey led off the fifth with his second single of the day, then speedster Aljay Davis beat out a bunt. With two consecutive lefties due up next, Texas countered by bringing on lefty submariner Keith Shinaberry. Shinaberry caught Joe Dunigan looking, but Aaron Baker fought off a pitch and blooped it just out of the reach of the shortstop to score Ivey. Davis was caught in no-man's land by the cutoff man and tagged out in a rundown for the second out.

Texas went to the bullpen again to fetch Pat McCrory, but he was no relief. McCrory walked Devin Shepard, then threw a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position. Aaron Reza then made him pay by lining a two-run single up the middle to make it 4-2.

Yesterday, OU's only run was set up by an easy fly ball that turned into a triple thanks to the bright sun and sky. Mother Nature just returned the favor for Texas. Chais Fuller led off the bottom of the fifth with a high popup behind first. Three Sooners converged on the ball, but none could see it and it fell between them, took a high turf hop, and Fuller ended up with a triple. Texas blew the gift with their third baserunning blunder of the day. Nick Peoples smashed a hard grounder right at shortstop Aaron Reza, who was playing in. Fuller tried to score, but was dead meat at the plate. Peoples stole second and moved to third when the throw bounced into center, but was stranded there by a popup and fly out to the warning track.

The final line for Texas starter Joe Krebs: Four innings, seven hits, two (earned) runs, a walk and two K's. Krebs wasn't very effective last Sunday, either, so I wouldn't be surprised if he lost that role to Austin Wood. Speaking of Wood, he's on the mound to start the sixth.

I can't decide which Texas player has the coolest "entrance music," but I have it narrowed down to two. McCrory enters to AFI's "Prelude 12/21" and shortstop Josh Prince strolls to the plate to the sounds of Anarchy Club's "Behind the Mask."

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:48 PM on April 01, 2007

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