AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas dropped to 4th in the Big 12 after closing out the series finale against Oklahoma State with an 8-3 loss Sunday at Disch-Falk Field.
After shutting out the Cowboys 3-0 in the series opener, the Longhorns dropped the lead on Saturday with a 2-1 loss. Looking to gain back the series in the third game, Texas put up nine hits but was unable to capitalize, leaving 11 runners on base.
Senior pitcher Nathan Thornhill allowed a career-high seven runs in 3.1 innings, dropping his record to 6-2. Prior to the game, Thornhill had only allowed seven runs in 64.9 innings and was ranked first in the Big 12 with an ERA of 0.97.
Freshman Tres Barrera led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run for Texas, his second this year. In the sixth inning, Zane Gurwitz drove C.J. Hinojosa home with a ground out single.
The Cowboys put up two two-run home runs within the first four innings, and would wrap up the top of the fourth inning with three more runs. Texas pitchers had only surrendered one home run all season prior to Sunday. After another run from Oklahoma State in the seventh inning, Texas was trailing 8-2.
In an attempt to come back, Mark Payton hit a double, bringing Ben Johnson home and extending his reached-base streak to 84 games. However, Texas was unable to score after that and lost the game 8-3.
The loss brought Texas’ record down to 32-13 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12.
Sunday was the final Longhorns’ final home game of conference play. Texas will play at home again Tuesday against Prairie View A&M, then will travel to face its next Big 12 opponent West Virginia in another weekend series.