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Longhorns baseball clinches series against Oklahoma

Posted April 14th, 2018

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The Longhorns baseball team clinched a series win with power and pitching as they defeated Oklahoma 5-3 Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Zach Zubia hit a two-run homer to put Texas over the top in the eighth inning.

Kody Clemens went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and a home run to help Texas (24-13, 11-3 Big 12) move to first place in the Big 12 standings.

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The win was a second straight comeback victory for the Longhorns over the Sooners. On Friday they scored three runs in the ninth to win 7-6 to open the series.

The Sooners (25-13, 8-3) scored three runs in the first inning Saturday but the Longhorns pitching staff dominated the rest of the way.

Chase Shugart got the start and struggled early. He gave up three runs in the first before putting the clamps on for four straight innings. Shugart allowed four hits, struck out four and walked four.

Nolan Kingham picked up the win, allowing no runs on three hits in four innings out of the bullpen. He struck out six and walked just one. It was a stellar performance after missing Friday’s start due to an academic attendance violation.

With no outs in the top of the eighth in a tied ball game, the Longhorns took control. Clemens singled to get on base before  Zubia hit a home run to put Texas up 5-3.

In the fifth inning Clemens hit a solo home run to tie things up. In the previous frame, Duke Ellis, the eighth batter in the lineup, connected on a two-run double to pull Texas to within a run.

Ellis had another big play later in the sixth inning. With two men on and two outs, Steele Walker hit a deep fly to right center. Ellis and and Tate Shaw collided, but the right fielder came up with the final out of the inning.

Oklahoma got things started with an RBI single by Walker in the first. Brady Lindsly followed with another single to score Brandon Zaragoza. Kyle Mendenhall tripled the lead with yet another hit to score Kyler Murray. Murray, a two-sport athlete, played quarterback earlier in the day at OU’s spring football game.

The Longhorns baseball team will go for the sweep of the Sooners on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

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