After falling 8-1 at Oklahoma State on Saturday morning, the Texas Longhorns exacted revenge in the second meeting of the day, beating the Cowboys 9-2 to earn a spot in the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game.
Andre Duplantier II started on the mound for the Longhorns and went on for two innings, giving up one run. Jared Southard, Luke Harrison, Marcus Olivarez and Tristan Stevens came in after that, allowing just one run.
“I just thought our bullpen had just stepped up,” said Longhorns Head Coach David Pierce. “We needed them. And we had so many guys going about two innings apiece and just really doing their job. †
Texas took the lead in the second inning with an infield single by Trey Faltine. The Longhorns blew things open in the third, leading 7-1. Faltine had another key hit in that frame and doubled in three.
“It definitely feels good,” Faltine said. “Just all the hard work, all the time the coaches spend in the cages with me and my teammates. Late at night, early in the morning.”
Texas has now beaten Oklahoma State twice and TCU in the conference tournament, greatly bolstering their resumes en route to roster on Monday.
“I think we’ve done enough,” Pierce said of the idea of organizing a region. “Our resume is very good. We have achieved 42 victories. We’re in a pretty good place to host and I’d be really shocked if we didn’t at this point.”
Now comes the Big 12 Tournament Title Game in which the Longhorns will face who else but the third seeded Oklahoma Sooners. It will be the first time that the two teams will meet in the Big 12 Championship.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Pierce added. “Our team will be ready to play. They are playing very well now. So hopefully it will be a good game.”
When the Sooners faced Texas earlier in the regular season, the Longhorns took two of three. That series was also shown at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The title match is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m.