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No. 7 Rice pushes past No. 6 Texas 7-4!

Kyle Russell

He raised his arm and took his time starting around the bases, two things he never does.

“And I’ll never do it again,” Kyle Russell said.

But this home run meant something.

Russell, the Longhorns’ right fielder, drilled a ball far over the left-field fence and pumped his fist because he knew.

Russell had just set Texas’ single-season record for home runs with his 21st, a long rainbow that fell well outside of Reckling Park.

Russell was the lone bright spot Tuesday, when Texas’ 10-game winning streak over Rice came to an end in a 7-4 loss in front of 5,003 fans.

“It’s a great honor and a great relief for this to happen,” said Russell, who typically just puts his head down and trots around the bases. “This is the second-best place for this to happen. The best being Austin.”

Russell, who began his career as a Longhorn by hitting a homer against Rice, grew up in Magnolia, a suburb of Houston.

Behind 1-2 in the count in the sixth inning, he went with an outside pitch from Rice starter Chris Kelley.

“He just tried to put it in play, and that’s what he has been doing,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He’s been playing for the team, not the record. That’s probably why he was able to get it.”

His team-first attitude explained why Russell was upset that he raised his arm after his home run, which came with his team trailing 4-2.

“I guess my emotions got the better of me,” said Russell, who was on the team bus after the loss, not even realizing the media would want to talk to him about his record-setting homer.

It took Russell just 42 games to accomplish the feat.

Rice, meanwhile, beat Texas for the first time since 2003, when the Owls topped the Longhorns 5-4 in Omaha, Neb., en route to the national championship.

Every time the Longhorns scored Tuesday, the Owls (30-11) responded.

“That’s why they won the game, they did a better job of responding,” Garrido said. “And they kept our offensive game in check with good defense and excellent pitching.”

Texas (31-11) managed to push across the tying run in the fourth inning, when Russell walked, Bradley Suttle singled and Russell Moldenhauer sacrificed them to second and third. Russell scored on Preston Clark’s grounder to short.

The Owls pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1.

Russell homered in the sixth to make it 4-2, but Rice responded again, as Chad Lembeck hit a two-run double to give the Owls a four-run lead.

And after Texas came up with two runs in the seventh, cutting the lead to 6-4, Rice’s Joe Savery hit his third home run of the season.

Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless, who hit first and second for Texas, were a combined 0 for 9 with six strikeouts, but that wasn’t the Longhorns’ only problem.

Texas used six pitchers, who combined to walk seven and hit another batter.

“What happened on the mound between the two teams was the difference in the game,” Garrido said. “It’s baseball. Things like that happen.”

So do home runs.

Especially off of Kyle Russell’s bat.

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Texas completes sweep of Texas Tech!

The Texas Longhorns won on Sunday.

They swept a series.

They did it in a come-from-behind fashion.

All those things haven’t happened very often this season.

With so many positives in Sunday’s 4-2 Big 12 win over Texas Tech, the biggest one for Texas (31-10, 12-3) might have been overlooked: Joseph Krebs.

Texas’ Sunday starter put his best outing of the season together with a two-run, five-hit performance over six innings. It was the first time Krebs pitched more than five innings this season. And he did it with a smile.

In the fifth inning, Texas Tech (22-15, 5-8) had taken a 2-1 lead on Krebs, and a runner on first was jumping around, bothering the left-handed starter.

“(Pitching coach Skip) Johnson just came out there and slowed me down,” Krebs said. “I would throw over to first, and Chance (Wheeless) would throw it back. Right as Chance would throw it back, the guy would jump off first. Coach Johnson told Chance to fake the throw and tag the guy.

“It calmed me down a lot. I started thinking about that. I had a little smile on my face the rest of the outing.”

Krebs struck out the next two guys and breezed through the sixth inning.

“Joe turned it around for two more innings,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “He broke through and took it to another level.”

Then the Horns broke through.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Travis Tucker walked and stole second and third base. After shortstop Michael Demperio grounded out, leadoff hitter Jordan Danks, who went 3 for 4, came up with his second RBI of the game, shortening up his swing with two strikes and hitting a single to center field.

“Tucker gets on base, steals second and steals third, and that pumps the rest of us up,” Danks said. “You get the adrenaline flowing. You get the crowd behind you, and you just get going.”

Kyle Russell, who did not hit a home run this series and remains tied for the Longhorns’ single-season home run total with Jeff Ontiveros at 20, followed up with an RBI double, giving Texas a 3-2 lead. Russell advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Wheeless, whose 17-game hitting streak came to an end.

That was plenty of runs as Randy Boone earned the win with three perfect innings.

He did get a little help from Russell, who made a great catch on what appeared to be a double down the right-field line.

“They swung at a lot of pitches early in the count. It was kind of surprising,” Boone said. “I got a lot of ground balls and Kyle made a great play in right.”

The sweep helped Texas keep a firm hold on first place in the Big 12, and it comes at the perfect time. The Longhorns now enter the toughest part of their schedule, traveling to Rice on Tuesday before heading to Nebraska and Oklahoma State the next two weekends.

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Texas gets two wins over Red Raiders!

It was the quickest two wins Texas will ever get.

First Randy Boone struck out Texas Tech’s Geoff Byrns, recording the only out the Longhorns needed Saturday to complete a 7-2 victory, in a game that was suspended in the ninth inning Friday due to inclement weather.

Then, in Game 2 of their three-game series with the Red Raiders at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the Longhorns scored five runs in the first inning.

That contest was all but over, as the Horns (30-10 overall, 11-3 Big 12) cruised to a 10-1 victory.

“Early in the year we jumped out a couple of times and lost the momentum, but we learned from that,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “We are not forgetting the lessons we learned from some of the adversity we faced.”

Texas’ early lead was plenty for Adrian Alaniz, who returned to form after a rough outing in Kansas, giving up one run on three hits in seven innings.

“We didn’t have a chance today,” Texas Tech coach Larry Hays said. “They got a big home run in the first inning, we misplayed a couple balls in the outfield and their guy pitched extremely well.”

Alaniz fought gusting winds and chilly temperatures to improve his record to 9-2.

“Last week really helped me a lot,” Alaniz said of his struggles. “I just kind of put that behind me today and just went out and pitched. I really wasn’t affected by the weather.”

Chance Wheeless continued his impressive season by recording a hit for the 17th straight game, the eighth-best streak in Texas history. The Longhorns first baseman did it in style, too, stepping up to the plate in the first inning and ripping a two-run home run over the right-field fence to give Texas a 3-0 lead.

“I didn’t think anybody would hit home runs today with the wind, but I knew that one was gone right off the bat,” said Wheeless, who went 2 for 3.

After Wheeless’ blast, third baseman Bradley Suttle hit a single and catcher Preston Clark, who was 3 for 5 with an RBI, reached on an error. Two batters later, Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run single gave Texas a 5-0 lead with just one out in the first, knocking Texas Tech left-hander Josh Scofield out of the game.

Garrido wasn’t surprised at his team’s success.

“Teams don’t recognize — and I don’t care if they know it — but everybody sees our lineup and starts left-handed pitchers against us,” Garrido said. “We’re hitting 50 points higher against left-handed pitchers than we are against right-handed pitchers.”

Maybe the Horns have their work cut out for themselves today, as Texas Tech (22-15, 5-8) sends righty Travis Young to the mound to face Texas’ Joseph Krebs.

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Russell ties UT Baseball season home run record !

Russell Moldenhauer doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth as Texas beat Kansas 6-5 on Saturday.

Texas (28-10, 9-3 Big 12) tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh on a home run by Kyle Russell, his second of the game and 20th of the season.

Kansas (18-20, 4-8) had tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth. Robby Price singled to score Buck Afenir, Brock Simpson drove in two runs and Erik Morrison had an RBI double.

Kansas took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Kyle Murphy singled home Preston Land.

Randy Boone (1-5) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win, and Kansas reliever Paul Smyth (2-2) was the losing pitcher.

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Texas drops game two against Kansas

No. 6 Texas allowed seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, in a 14-6 loss to Kansas in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Adrian Alaniz (8-2), who entered the game tied for the national lead for wins with eight, was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.

Russell Moldenhauer led the Longhorns’ offense, going 2-for-2 with a triple. Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless each hit solo home runs.

Texas (27-10, 8-3) was doomed by a six-run fourth inning by Kansas and struggled to get back into the contest. The Jayhawks’ fourth inning featured a solo home run by Casey Larson, his second of the game and RBI singles by Ryne Price and Eric Snowden. The six-run inning gave Kansas a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.

The Longhorns put up single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but those runs were negated by a two-run bottom of the sixth for Kansas, giving the Jayhawks a 12-6 margin heading into the last third of the game.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wheeless and scored on a double to the wall in left centerfield by Bradley Suttle.

Kansas (18-19, 4-7) gained the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Kyle Murphy lead off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robby Price. A fielding error by Suttle on a ground ball to third base by John Allman put runners at the corners. Brock Simpson singled to left centerfield, driving in Murphy with a game-tying run and Erik Morrison followed with a go-ahead single to centerfield, plating Allman.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Larson delivered a home run over the wall in dead centerfield to inflate the Jayhawks’ lead to 3-1.

A pair of wild pitches by Alaniz led to a Kansas run in the third. With one out, Alaniz fanned Morrison, but a wild pitch on strike three put him on base. A groundout to first base by Ryne Prince moved Morrison to second. He stole third and scored on another wild pitch by Alaniz, staking Kansas to a 4-1 lead.

Nick Peoples hit an RBI triple and Josh Prince plated Peoples with a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth to cut the Kansas lead to 4-3 before the floodgates opened.

Texas and Kansas conclude the three-game series at Hoglund Park on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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Texas takes game one of series at Kansas, 11-6!

No. 7 Texas used a five-run eighth inning to break away from Kansas and post an 11-6 win in Big 12 Conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Ahead 6-4 entering the top of the eighth, Texas (27-9, 8-2) sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Nick Peoples hit a leadoff home run over the wall in left centerfield to start the rally. Russell Moldenhauer hit a pinch-hit double to the gap in left centerfield and Jordan Danks followed with a single to plate pinch runner Michael Demperio. After Chance Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to swap places with Danks at first, Kyle Russell hit a triple down the rightfield line to add the third run of the inning. Bradley Suttle hit a sacrifice fly to plate Russell. Preston Clark and Travis Tucker walked setting up an RBI single through the left side of the infield by Josh Prince and Texas left its half of the inning with an 11-4 lead.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning. Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to take Danks spot at first base, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Suttle through the left side of the infield.

Kansas (17-19, 3-7) claimed the lead in the bottom half of the second. After an infield single by Erik Morrison, Ryne Price was hit by a pitch and Buck Alenir hit a two-run double down the leftfield line, staking Kansas to a 2-1 lead.

Texas regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Wheeless doubled off the wall in right centerfield. Russell singled to rightfield, plating Wheeless and moved to third on an error by KU’s rightfielder Brock Simpson. Suttle drove in Russell with a groundout to third base, giving UT a 3-2 advantage.

The Longhorns tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth. Wheeless hit a leadoff double down the rightfield line. With one out, Suttle drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Clark plated Wheeless with a double to leftfield and Tucker pushed Suttle across with a groundout, inflating the cushion to 5-2.

Kansas shaved a pair of runs off the lead with a two-run home run by Brock Simpson over the wall in right centerfield, trimming the Texas lead to 5-4.

In the sixth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chais Fuller and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks, pushing the lead to 6-4.

Kansas made a late charge with two runs in the bottom of the eighth scoring on sacrifice flies by Ryne Price and Alenir.

Wheeless went 2-for-6 with four runs scored and two doubles. It marked the fourth time on the season and the second consecutive game that Wheeless logged two doubles in a game. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one home run and two runs scored. Suttle drove in three runs giving him seven RBI over the last two games. Russell and Danks each added two hits and two RBI.

Robby Price led Kansas’ offense going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Alenir was 1-for-3 with three RBI.

James Russell (7-2) earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Nick Czyz (2-5) was saddled with the loss for Kansas. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Texas and Kansas return Hoglund Park for game two of the series Friday at 3 p.m.

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Texas bats too much for UTSA!

The Texas Longhorns gave up three home runs Tuesday but they were able to hit two themselves.

They gave up a grand slam. And they hit one.

They gave up 14 hits. They got 15.

For every large number the University of Texas-San Antonio offense put up Tuesday, the Longhorns matched them.

It was enough. Barely.

The Longhorns came away with a 14-9 victory in front of 4,560 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“There was a lot of adversity in this game. It’s not always going to be smooth, and it’s never going to be the same game twice,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

Texas fell behind early as starter Kyle Walker struggled, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The Longhorns came back quickly thanks to Bradley Suttle, whose season would be receiving more attention if it weren’t for Kyle Russell’s home-run barrage.

Suttle turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead when he lifted an 0-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a grand slam in the third inning.

“I think that’s the first one of my career,” said Suttle, who sparked a seven-run third to give the Horns a 7-4 lead. “I know it’s the first one in college. And I can’t remember if I had one in high school.”

He can’t remember?

“Nope,” Suttle said. “That probably means I didn’t have one.”

But Suttle is having a season to remember, leading the Longhorns (26-9) in batting average (.424) and RBIs (43).

Not to be outdone, Russell belted his 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a fly that cleared the left-field fence, putting him two away from tying Jeff Ontiveros’ single-season record of 20.

“Suttle’s the guy who should be getting all the attention,” said Russell, whose homer put the Horns up 9-4. “He’s been doing this all season.”

Suttle’s home run helped Walker, who retired the first five batters he faced, a development Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson called a “step in the right direction.”

It also helped Hunter Harris (2-0), who pitched for the first time since March 6, going three innings and giving up three runs on six hits.

UTSA (17-12) made it a one-run game in the sixth inning, when Michael Rockett cleared the bases with a grand slam off Austin Wood. The ball landed just right of the scoreboard

“Whoever is teaching the hitting over there is doing one heck of a job,” said Garrido, whose Horns have given up 23 runs to the Roadrunners over the past two meetings.

Johnson was positive his staff moved in the right direction Tuesday, including a good inning from right-hander Drew Bishop, who pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance as a Longhorn.

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Oklahoma 5, Texas 2

Aaron Reza went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Joseph Hughes gave up two runs on six hits as Oklahoma defeated Texas 5-2 on Sunday.

Oklahoma (21-9, 3-3 Big 12) took a 1-0 lead in the third on Joe Dunigan’s RBI single to left field. Texas (25-9, 7-2) came back and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Kyle Russell hit a sacrifice fly to score Jordan Danks and Preston Clark got his fourth homer of the season.

But the Sooners rallied with three runs in the fifth. Aaron Baker had a single to left field to score Aaron Ivey. Reza hit a two-run single up the middle. The inning ended when Reza was called out while trying to steal second.

Jackson Williams added a run in the eighth with his second home run of the season.

Hughes (5-1) struck out three and walked one in five innings. Nich Conaway picked up his second save of the season for the Sooners as he struck out four and allowed one hit in four innings of relief.

Reliever Keith Shinaberry (0-2) took the loss for Texas. He gave up one run on one hit in 2-3 inning.

Danks went 3-for-3 for the Longhorns.

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OU Drops Game Two to Texas

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.

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Texas beats Oklahoma 4-3

Kyle Russell went long.

Chance Wheeless went short.

The Texas pitchers successfully went in and out.

And it all mattered.

The Longhorns needed every advantage they could get Friday, as they played long ball and small ball to upend Oklahoma 4-3 in the opener of a three-game Big 12 Conference baseball series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“When it’s a one-run game, everything kind of plays into it,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “You really can’t separate one thing from the other.”

Every time Texas (24-8, 6-1 Big 12) went ahead, Oklahoma (20-8, 2-2) came back.

Wheeless, the team’s best bunter, took a chance and laid down a perfect bunt single with two outs and the bases loaded to give Texas a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

“It wasn’t the typical situation to bunt in — bases loaded, two outs — and nobody was expecting it,” Wheeless said. “So with a good bunt and reasonable speed, anybody can make it to first.”

Garrido said it was a heads-up play.

“If the player doesn’t put that on himself, it never works,” said Garrido, who will send Adrian Alaniz to the mound at 2 p.m. today to face the Sooners. “If I put it on, it scares the hell out of them.”

Oklahoma came right back in the third with a home run from Joseph Hughes.

The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Russell laid into a pitch and became just the 32nd person in Disch-Falk history to hit a home run over the center-field monster.

As Russell was heading back to the dugout after his 17th homer of the season, he got a hug from catcher Preston Clark, who accomplished the feat earlier this year.

Was it a welcome-to-the-club hug for something so few have accomplished?

“No, I don’t think so,” Russell said. “That’s just how Preston and I roll. We’re good like that. We’re always attached at the hip.”

That was enough for Texas’ James Russell (6-2), who pitched five-plus innings before turning it over to the bullpen, as the Horns’ staff outdueled Oklahoma starter Stephen Porlier (4-2).

Porlier helped the Longhorns extend the lead in the seventh.

With Jordan Danks on third, Porlier briefly pulled his hands apart while standing on the mound. The balk gave Texas a 4-2 lead.

“What was unfortunate about that is we were getting ready to have him step off because we were going to (Nich) Conway right there,” Oklahoma coach Sunny Galloway said. “I was up, tipping the cap, getting ready to go, and I heard, ‘Balk.’ ”

That was the advantage Texas needed as Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to give up one run in the final three innings.

McCrory’s 1 2/3 innings allowed the Horns to use Shinaberry against left-handed power hitter Joe Dunigan in the eighth inning with a runner on base. Shinaberry struck him out and handed the ball over to Boone, who picked up his eighth save.

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