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Longhorns Silence Sooner Bats

Game one of the Red River Rivalry baseball series didn't exactly go Oklahoma's way, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad game. The Sooners let a pitchers duel get away from them allowing the Longhorns to etch out a 5-0 victory. Taylor Jungmann earned the victory by pitching 7 solid innings in which he faced 24 Sooner batters, sitting down 6 of them and only allowing 4 hits.

Zach Neal drew the loss for OU but it wasn't because of a lack of effort. He faced 26 batters, striking out 9 and allowing 7 hits. Unfortunately he allowed 3 runs while Sooner batters were unable to seize opportunity. 

Garrett Buechele reached base on a double in the 1st inning but was unable to get home and then the Longhorns struck in the top of the 2nd on a Russell Moldenhauer home run. Things remained status quo until the 5th when Brandon Loy and Cameron Rupp drove in runs to expand Texas lead to 3-0. Rupp struck again in the 7th when he knocked in Cohl Walla to put the Longhorns up 4-0. Texas added another run in the 9th to give them a 5 run cushion.

Solid pitching certainly set the tone for the game and while the Longhorns were able to make something happen, the Sooners couldn't. OU left runners on base in the 1st, 5th, 6th and 8th innings. The goal wasn't to sweep the series (although that would have been nice) but to win it and that's still a possibility but there is no room for error now.