Adrian Alaniz pitched his second complete game of the season propelling No. 9 Texas to a 3-1 win over No. 17 Oklahoma in Big 12 Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The victory marked the 15th consecutive time the Longhorns have beaten the Sooners on the turf at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with OU’s last win in Austin coming on March 29, 1997.
Alaniz (8-1) yielded just one run on three hits while striking out five over nine innings to earn the win. He allowed singles in the third and sixth inning and was headed to his second shutout of the season before Kyle Russell lost a ball in the rightfield sun turning a fly out by Mike Gosse into a triple. Oklahoma (20-9, 2-3 Big 12) converted with Jarod Freeman grounding out to short, plating Gosse and trimming the Texas lead to 3-1.
The game was scoreless for six and half innings before the Longhorns drew first blood in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Jordan Danks singled up the middle stole second base and scored on a single by through the left side of the infield by Bradley Suttle. The Sooners intentionally walked Kyle Russell allowing Preston Clark to deliver a two-run single down the leftfield line staking Texas to a 3-0 advantage.
Texas (25-8, 7-1 Big 12) had opportunities to get on the board early, but the Sooners’ ace Heath Taylor was able to get out of multiple jams and the Longhorns stranded 13 runners on the base paths for the game, including two each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Texas also left the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
Taylor (5-1) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six Longhorns.
Danks was the lone player in the game to post multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and he also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Texas looks to complete the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk slated for 1 p.m.