No. 9 Texas beats Oklahoma 11-6

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By Kevin Rodriguez

AUSTIN, Texas — No. 9 Texas Baseball crushed four home runs on the way to an 11-6 win over Oklahoma at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday night. The win clinches the three-game series for Texas (17-6, 4-1), who will go for the sweep over Oklahoma (12-10, 0-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cam Williams went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI to lead the Longhorn offense. Trey Faltine also had a three-hit night, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and scoring two runs.

The Sooners struck early, with a 2-run home run in the first that put the Longhorns behind by two early for the second-straight night.

Texas got on the board in the second after Silas Ardoin singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mitchell Daly drove him in two batters later with a single to center, cutting the Oklahoma lead to 2-1.

The Longhorns added another in the third when Trey Faltine doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a bunt-single by Hodo. A groundout to short by Williams brought Ardoin home to even the score, 2-2.

Oklahoma regained the lead in the fifth with another 2-run home run to make it 4-2.

Dylan Campbell doubled to open the Longhorn fifth and moved third on a fielding error and was brought home by a Faltine single up the middle.

The Longhorns added three more runs in the sixth with Williams tying it up on a lead-off home run. Ardoin followed with a single through the left side and was driven in on a deep home run to left by Zach Zubia to give Texas a 6-4 lead.

Eric Kennedy led off the seventh with a shot to right field, his first home run of the season to extend the Texas lead to 7-4.

No. 9 Texas sealed the game in the eighth with a two-out rally that brought four more runs across. Faltine singled to left, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven home by a Hodo double to left-center. Eric Kennedy singled up the middle on the next pitch to bring home Hodo. Williams followed with a towering home run, crushing a 3-0 pitch to right field to close out the scoring for the Longhorns with an 11-4 lead.

The Sooners got two runs back in the top of the ninth to make it 11-6, before Cole Quintanilla was called in from the bullpen to get the final out.

Hodo, Kennedy and Ardoin each collected two hits on the night.

Starter Tristan Stevens picked up the win, pitching six innings, surrendering four runs on six hits and striking out a career-high seven.

Lucas Gordon pitch one shutout inning out of the bullpen and Palmer Wenzel threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing a pair of runs on three hits.

The Longhorns and Sooners will close out the series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field tomorrow at 1 p.m.