TULSA, Okla. (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns have advanced in the winner’s bracket of the Big 12 tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a 4-3 win Thursday over Baylor.
Tres Barrera drove in the winning run with a two-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth.
UT pitcher Ty Culbreth was cruising towards a complete game shutout, but with one out in the top of the 9th, Baylor’s Mitch Price hit a three-run home run to tie the game. Culbreth still recorded the win and pitched his first complete game as a Longhorn, making it back-to-back complete games at the Big 12 tournament, following Parker French’s performance on Wednesday.
Texas has Friday off and will play at 9 a.m. Saturday against the winner of Baylor-Texas Tech. The Longhorns will have two chances to win one game on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
Texas scored their first run in the 2nd inning on a Collin Shaw sacrifice bunt that scored Barrera from third. The Horns added a second run in the inning on a double-play ground out by Kacy Clemens.
Culbreth dominated through eight innings, allowing just three hits and one base runner to second base, before Baylor’s three-run ninth inning. The junior from Bryan, Texas, improved to 4-4 on the season and his nine innings was by far his longest outing in his four starts this season. Culbreth was used out of the bullpen until injuries forced him into the starting rotation.
This was UT’s first walk-off win since beating West Virginia back on March 13.
Gurwitz paced the Longhorn offense with three hits. Texas improved to 28-25 on the season.