A four-run first inning helped the Texas baseball team defeat Oklahoma 5-3 Saturday in Norman, Okla., and even the three-game Big 12 series at a game apiece.
Texas (12-15) improved to 3-2 in conference play and has a chance to win its second straight Big 12 series in the finale against the Sooners on Sunday. Oklahoma (13-14-1, 1-4) is looking to win its first conference series after being swept last weekend by Texas Tech.
Right fielder Patrick Mathis, who led Texas with three RBIs on two doubles, knocked in two runs in the rally in the first inning.
UT’s Ty Culbreth got his fifth win of the season, holding the Sooners to three runs, two earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Oklahoma’s Chris Andritsos, who held Texas to one run on five hits through 7 2/3 innings in Oklahoma’s 6-1 victory over Texas on Friday, drove in two runs for the Sooners.
Tres Barrera had an RBI double to center in the first, and Mathis followed with a two-run double. Mathis moved to third on a single by Tyler Rand and scored when Rand stole second and Oklahoma catcher Domenic DeRenzo made a throwing error.
The Sooners cut the lead to two in the second with an RBI single by Andritsos and a sacrifice fly by DeRenzo.
After giving up the runs in the first, Oklahoma pitcher Ryan Madden settled down and held the Horns to one hit over the next four innings.
Kacy Clemens drew a walk to open the sixth, and Mathis knocked him in with a double to left-center. Madden was pulled after giving up the double. He allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
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