Weekend Baseball Thread: Texas Longhorns vs. #17 Oklahoma

Photo via www.soonersportsmedia.com
Location: L. Dale Mitchell Park
Radio: KREF 1400 AM
TV: Cox Channel 3
Game One: Friday March 16th - 6:30 PM
OU: LHP Dillon Overton (3-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. UT: RHP Nathan Thornhill (2-1, 2.73 ERA)
Game Two: Saturday March 17th - 2:00 PM
OU: RHP Jonathan Gray (2-2, 4.98 ERA) vs. UT: RHP Ricky Jacquez (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
Game Three: Sunday March 18th - 1:00 PM
OU: LHP Steven Okert (2-1, 4.78 ERA) vs. UT: RHP Parker French (2-0, 2.95 ERA)
Game Two Recap
Missed opportunities. I can think of no better way to describe the Sooners game two loss, which after losing Friday night as well means OU has now lost their 14th straight series against their hated rival. Allow me a minute while I choke back down the vomit after having to actually type that.

So, the missed opportunities. The Sooners loaded the bases with no outs in both the first and second inning and came away with just one run. While it gave them an early lead, again, it was a lead they could not protect, again. Texas did not have nearly as many scoring opportunities as Oklahoma, but in capitalizing on every single one (or at least it felt like it) it showed just how far apart these two teams in fact are. Which for Oklahoma fans is extra depressing when you consider this Texas team is nowhere near it's typical elite status.

The Sooners trailed 4-1 heading into their half of the fourth inning and while only three runs, the deficit felt almost insurmountable given how this OU team is playing right now. However, they were able fight back to tie the game but you got that sense that even they didn't really think they were back in it. To that point, in the very next inning they would again surrender the lead to Texas and never really threaten again. If you've watched the first two games of this series you might say literally every break has gone in favor of Texas and you wouldn't be wrong. But it's funny how often that tends to happen for the better team and if these first two games have proven anything, even in a down year, Texas is so clearly the better of the two teams that it can't help but make an OU fan sick to their stomach (or at least this OU fan anyway).

So here our Sooners sit facing a possible series sweep Sunday afternoon and a potential 0-3 start to conference play. Is it crazy to say this team is playing for their season on Sunday? Maybe, but I think it's more than fair to say that they're definitely playing for more than just this one game.
Game One Recap
Can it be considered an improvement if it took extra innings for this Oklahoma baseball to blow yet another lead and thus the opening game of the series with their hated rival? Maybe, but it sure gives you (or at least me) a dirty feeling.

It couldn't have started much better for the Sooners, getting two 2-run HRs in the bottom half of the first from Jack Mayfield and Caleb Bushyhead respectively giving OU a 4-0 lead. However following that inning, the Sooners wouldn't get another hit in the game until the seventh inning as Texas starter Nathan Thornhill settled into the game and befuddled OU hitters with off speed slop.

As Oklahoma continued to flail away hopelessly, Texas would slowly chip away at the lead one in the third, one in the fifth, before putting up a three spot in the seventh and taking a 5-4 lead.

Despite blowing yet another lead however, Oklahoma would not go down without a fight as Cody "Big Panda" Reine would blast a game tying homerun in the bottom of the ninth with one out. Reine, understandably of course, got a little excited and tossed his bat leading the Texas pitcher to say something and both benches would clear though no punches were thrown.

After the excitement of the bench clearing died down, both teams would head to extra innings where each had their opportunities to win the game. Unfortunately, Texas was the only team who would capitalize on their opportunity getting a two out, two run double in the 12th inning to take a 7-5 lead. Oklahoma would make things interesting as a Tanner Toal pop fly got caught in the OK jet stream and made it 7-6, but they could not manage to find that tying run. Making things likely worse, Golloway left Jordan John in the game long enough to throw 100 pitches so it's hard to see him being available for the remainder of this series. And given how poorly every other OU pitcher out of the pen has thrown this year, that could play major factor in the final two games of this series.

So here we sit having blown another lead, lost the first game of the series to our hated rival who also happens to be in the midst of a terrible season by their own standards, and I can't help but get the feeling after losing the way they did last night that a series loss is almost inevitable. I also feel like Golloway is on the verge of losing this team, if he hasn't already. You just can't continue to lose games in the manner in which our Sooners are and not have the players start to question themselves, their manager, or both. Maybe, no hopefully, Golloway will make me look like an idiot but nothing I've seen or heard from him all year gives me confidence in that happening.

Guess we needed Matt here to give a more positive spin on things. Sorry, I just didn't have it in me after blowing that game to Texas.
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