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Texas 4, Oklahoma 3: A Longhorn legacy, Douglas Hodo III gets his Red River Rivalry moment

Douglas Hodo III, seen hitting against South Carolina on March 12, drove in an 11th-inning run to beat Oklahoma on Friday night.

With one swing Friday night, Douglas Hodo III became the answer to a trivia question.

His two-out double in the bottom of the 11th inning drove in the winning run in Texas' 4-3 victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The ninth-ranked Longhorns (16-6) have now won three of their first four conference games.

So the next time someone asks who was the last Longhorn to have a walk-off hit against Oklahoma, the answer will be Hodo. Previously, David Hernandez had last accomplished that feat. Hernandez's walk-off single occurred in an 11-10 win at the 2008 Big 12 Tournament. A two-run homer by Drew Stubbs in 2005 was the most recent walk-off hit against Oklahoma on the Texas campus.

Hodo's heroics came in front of an announced crowd of 1,906. One of those fans was his father, a former Longhorns outfielder and a starter on the school's 1983 national championship team.

Hodo later told reporters that when he was growing up, the annual football game between Texas and Oklahoma was the only time he and his brother were allowed to say "OU sucks."

"Been waiting to play this series for a while now," said Hodo, a redshirt freshman outfielder. "It's just been good so far."

Hodo's double came after Mitchell Daly drew a two-out walk from Luke Taggart. Batting in the ninth spot, Hodo stayed alive by fouling off two two-strike offerings. He then drove Taggart's slider into a gap in left-center field, and Daly easily scored.

"I knew I hit it pretty well, and I knew Mitch had a shot to score because he's a pretty good runner," Hodo said. "It just worked out how it did." 

Said Texas coach David Pierce: "He just hung a slider, and Doug was in a good spot to drive it in the gap. There was no doubt we were sending Mitch."

Texas and Oklahoma hadn't seen each other on a baseball field since May 17, 2019, when UT earned a 6-4 win. Bragging rights were fleeting on that Friday evening, though. In the first game of a doubleheader that day, Oklahoma used a 13-0 run-rule rout — its most lopsided win in this series' history — to ensure that Texas' season would end without a trip to the Big 12 Tournament.

The starting pitcher for Texas in its last game against Oklahoma was then-freshman Ty Madden. And 679 days later, he was given the start in this Red River reunion. Madden stumbled early and gave up hits on three of his first six pitches. But after exiting the first inning in a 2-0 hole, he threw five innings of three-hit baseball. 

He also struck out a half-dozen Sooners, and two of those strikeouts preserved a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. With one out and a runner at second, Madden caught Jimmy Crooks looking, and then he blew a fastball past Tyler Hardman to end the threat. Crooks had singled and doubled in his first two plate appearances against Madden  while Hardman had previously brought home a runner with a first-inning double.

Madden did not get the decision in his sixth start this season. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA.

"The thing with Ty, even when he's not his sharpest, we know what we're going to get," Pierce said. "He's going to be a bulldog on the mound. He's going to give you everything he has."

Madden left the game with Texas leading, but Oklahoma (12-9, 0-1) tied the score when Tanner Witt threw a wild pitch with a runner on third base in the eighth. After Texas got a solid effort from Aaron Nixon out of the bullpen, Cole Quintanilla pitched the final two-thirds of an inning and earned the victory.

Around the bases: Texas and Oklahoma were set to play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. ... Zach Zubia hit his second home run of the season in the second inning. ... Freshman designated hitter Dylan Campbell became the fourth player to bat leadoff for Texas this season. He went 0-for-3 and was hit by Oklahoma starter Wyatt Olds' first pitch. ... Sooners reliever Jason Ruffcorn gave up a hit and struck out two Longhorns over his two innings. Ruffcorn attended Austin's Hyde Park Baptist High School.