Horns drop regional opener to Oregon State

The Texas Longhorns will have to fight their way through the losers bracket in Dallas to advance to the Super Regional. Texas lost to Oregon State on Friday afternoon 5-4 at Horner Ballpark on the campus of Dallas Baptist University. Texas will face top seed Dallas Baptist at 11am on Saturday morning in an elimination game. Top seed DBU lost to 4th seeded Virginia Commonwealth 7-2 on Friday night.

Texas jumped on top with an rbi single from Tres Barrera in the top of the 4th inning but stranded the bases loaded in that inning when Kacy Clemens struck out. Oregon State came right back and scored twice in the bottom of the 4th off of Longhorn starter Parker French. The Beavers added runs in the 5th and 6th innings before the Longhorns scored once in the top of the 7th on a Ben Johnson sacrifice fly rbi.

Longhorn center fielder Zane Gurwitz made a spectacular play, robbing Caleb Hamilton of a home run in the bottom of the 7th inning. In the top of the 8th, with two outs, senior Brooks Marlow hit a two run home run to tie the game. “We’ve been through a lot all year-long,” said Marlow. “Being able to bounce back after hitting the home run, we kind of got the mo back a little bit but they found the holes in the eighth inning but that’s baseball.”

Oregon State came back in the bottom of the 8th, getting a lead off walk from Kirby Bellow, then after a sacrifice bunt, Kyle Nobach drilled an rbi double into right field to give Oregon State a 5-4 lead. The double was Oregon State’s only extra base hit of their 12 hits.

In the 9th, Brett Boswell drew a leadoff walk, Ben Johnson came up and drilled a shot to centerfield only to see Jeff Hendrix make a spectacular catch, robbing Johnson of extra bases. The game ended on the next pitch when Joe Baker grounded into a double play. Texas is now faced with having to win four straight elimination games to advance to the Super Regional.

“There’s 16 of these tournaments going on, you’ll see two or three teams that lose on the first day win before it’s over,” said Head Coach Augie Garrido. “It’ll get done throughout the country. This might as well be one of them.”

Texas will have to win four straight games to advance to the Super Regional.

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