OU-UT: Sooners Avoid the Broom

By Glenn Tanner - April 01, 2007

Oklahoma again got very solid pitching, but also woke up the bats today and avoided a sweep with a 5-2 win over Texas. 5 runs, 11 hits, and 1 error for the Sooners; 2-7-0 for Texas.

Texas had an opportunity to make it very interesting in the eighth. A walk and a single brought the tying run to the plate with only one out and the right guys up for Texas. But Nich Conaway struck out both Brad Suttle and Kyle Russell. Garrett Richards closed out the ninth for his eighth save.

After batting only .197 in the first two games of the series, the Sooner offense busted out today with 11 hits. Aaron Ivey, Joe Dunigan, and shortstop Aaron Reza had two hits each, and Reza also really dazzled in the field.

Joseph Hughes was credited with the win, but Nich Conaway was the Sooners' most effective pitcher. Conaway threw three innings, allowed only one hit, and fanned three.

Jordan Danks was the offensive star for Texas with three hits and a walk in four plate appearances. Danks only scored once, however, as the big boppers behind him had awful days. Suttle and Russell combined to go 0-for-7 with four strikeouts.

Both squads got a lot of good experience out of this tough, tense, tight series. Pitching and defense were spectacular all weekend. The teams combined for only three total errors, and OU's five runs today were the most scored by either team in the three games. As of now, I'd be very surprised if both teams aren't still playing during Super Regional weekend, and I wouldn't be shocked if they both made it to Omaha.

Both teams will host a Tuesday game before going on the road for a Thursday-Saturday conference series. The Sooners will host TCU, then head back down I-35 to visit Baylor. Texas hosts UT-San Antonio before heading to Kansas to face the Jayhawks. With today's loss, Texas drops to 4-5 on Sundays, so the Horns will be thankful to get Easter off.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:58 PM on April 01, 2007
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No mention of Williams 8th inning home run? Hmmmm

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