Baseball: Domination

Alaniz picked up win 11 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Texas clinched a series win against Oklahoma State Saturday, winning 7-2 while employing a rather sure-fire equation for victory: solid pitching and home runs.

Adrian Alaniz allowed a pair of first-inning runs, then cruised for his 11th win (against just two losses) of the season. His stint was followed by scoreless efforts by relieve pitchers Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone, who whitewashed the Cowboys over the final two and two-thirds innings.

The exemplary Texas pitching was matched by clutch power hitting. Preston Clark's two-run blast in the fourth inning tied the score at two, and freshman Russell Moldenhauer erased a 2-0 Oklahoma State lead with a grand slam to right field in the fifth inning. Moldenhauer's shot was his fourth of the season and Clark now has five homers for the year.

Nick Peoples clobbered a solo homer later in the fifth inning - his third of the season - for the final runs of the game.

When Saturday's game started, Oklahoma State looked eager to erase its negative karma from Friday night, when they fell in dramatic fashion, 3-2. The Cowboys' Corey Brown blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the crowd of 3,826 a bit of a charge.

But just as he did the previous weekend against Nebraska, Alaniz quickly settled, cruising until being relieved in the seventh inning by Krebs. Krebs – normally the Sunday starter for the Longhorns – struck out all three batters he faced. Boone pitched the final inning and two-thirds to finish the game for Texas.

Krebs and Boone retired all eight batters they faced against the Cowboys.

Alaniz allowed 7 hits in six and a third innings, walking four and striking out six.

The Longhorns will likely start Austin Wood in Sunday's game, a contest in which they could make history. Since 1981, the Cowboys have never lost more than two consecutive games at Allie Reynolds Stadium. The Longhorns – comfortably in first-place in the Big 12 with a 16-4 league record – moved to 36-12 overall. The Cowboys fell to 31-12 and 10-7.

"There are a lot of dimensions to this team," said an obviously-pleased Texas head coach Augie Garrido Saturday night. "Moldenhauer had a very special at-bat in a very special situation with the grand slam. We're beginning to become more consistent as a team, and it's fun to watch."

Moldenhauer finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Peoples and second baseman Travis Tucker each had a pair of hits for Texas.

The Longhorns did the majority of their damage against Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle, who fell to 4-4 with the loss. Odle allowed five runs in four and a third innings.

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