Texas infielder Kody Clemens is congratulated by assistant coach Sean Allen after hitting a home run against TCU at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on May 19, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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The Final Pitch: Texas 7, TCU 3 – Longhorns clinch Big 12 crown

Posted May 19th, 2018

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Boosted by a five-run fourth inning, Texas claimed at least a share of a conference championship with a win over TCU at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday.

After the final out, the Longhorns had to wait on the score of Oklahoma State’s game to see if they would win the Big 12 title outright or share it with the Cowboys. Oklahoma State was trailing 7-3 in the ninth inning of a weather-delayed game against Texas Tech.

One day after he hit two two-run homers — one of which was a walk-off blast — Texas junior Kody Clemens hit a similar shot in Saturday’s first inning. Batting in the eighth slot in TCU’s line-up, Conner Shepherd brought the Horned Frogs back with a solo homer and a RBI single in the third and fourth innings.

Texas, though, broke through with five hits and five runs in its half of the fourth inning. The fourth-frame fireworks guided UT to the Big 12 championship, its first since 2011.

Texas (37-18; 17-7) will open play at the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

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