Texas Takes Control of the Big 12

Boone struck out the final two batters

The Texas Longhorns completed a sweep of Oklahoma State with an exclamation point on Sunday. Texas beat the Cowboys 7-0 to take complete control of the conference race.

Sunday's game was the first time since 1981 that the Cowboys lost more than two consecutive games at home. Now, barring a monumental collapse to end the regular season, Texas will take yet another Big 12 championship, currently sitting at first-place in the league with a 17-4 league record and 37-12 overall. The Cowboys fell to 31-13 and 10-8 in the Big 12.

Heading into the weekend series it seemed the Longhorns had settled the Sunday starter debate, but Texas head coach Augie Garrido apparently didn't think so. Austin Wood, who had served as the Longhorns' mid-week starter, was sent to the mound. But Wood did not disappoint, throwing six shutout innings and only giving up three hits to the 21 batters he faced. Wood moved to 6-1 on the year with the win.

Joseph Krebs, who is undefeated on the year at 6-0 and had been Texas' third starter up until Sunday, came on in relief for the second game in a row and for the second game in a row held Oklahoma State scoreless in his appearance. Randy Boone closed out the game in the ninth to complete the three-pitcher shutout. Oklahoma State made one last threat in the ninth, putting runners on the corner, but Boone struck out the final two Cowboy batters.

Texas got its impressive run of scoring started in rather undramatic fashion. In the top of the third, slugger Kyle Russell brought home Chais Fuller with a SAC fly for the first run of the ballgame. Fuller had an impressive day for Texas, both in the field and at the plate. Texas has struggled to find consistent play at short this season, but Fuller made great stops and throws all game and also went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run.

Texas then loaded the bases and OSU pitcher Jordy Mercer walked Bradley Suttle to bring home the second run of the game and followed that by balking home the third.

The Horns picked up another run in the top of the sixth on another SAC fly, this one from Fuller, and then Texas had another three-run inning in the seventh, taking a 7-0 lead. The Texas bats were pinging, but it was an overabundance of Cowboy fielding and throwing errors that spelled doom for Oklahoma State. Despite the fact that the Longhorns scored seven runs, only two of those runs were earned.

There are only two conference series remaining for Texas on the season. The Longhorns host the Missouri Tigers for a three-game set this coming weekend set before finishing out conference play with three games against Texas A&M, with one in College Station followed by two in Austin.

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