CJ Hinojosa made up for his error in a big way.
Hinojosa homered in the 10th inning to lead the Texas Longhorns past the Oklahoma Sooners 10-8 in the series opener in Norman Friday night.
Texas (27-8, 7-3 Big 12) overcame sloppy play to beat Oklahoma (23-12, 4-3 Big 12). The Longhorns made four errors, including three in a six-run third inning.
Texas jumped on Sooners starter Corey Copping for six unearned runs in the first inning. Ben Johnson started the scoring with a walk and stolen base. He scored when Mark Payton reached on an error by Sooner second baseman Joshua Ake. Texas kept the inning going when Tres Barrera reached on a fielder’s choice, Colin Shaw singled and Hinojosa walked to load the bases.
Madison Carter walked to force in Barrera. Kacy Clemens doubled down the left field line to score Shaw and Hinojosa. Zane Gurwitz followed with a double down the right field line to score Carter and Clemens to make the score 6-0.
The Sooners tied the score in the third thanks to a Parker French wild pitch and errors by Hinojosa, Shaw and Barrera. Four of Oklahoma’s runs in the inning were unearned.
Oklahoma used the momentum to take the lead in the fifth. Hunter Haley walked in front of a Sheldon Neuse double down the left field line. Ben Jonson misplayed a ball, allowing Haley to score. Neuse then scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Hermelyn to give the Sooners an 8-6 lead.
The Longhorns fought back in the seventh to tie the game. Back-to-back doubles by Brooks Marlow and Johnson cut the lead to 8-7. Barrera singled to score Johnson to even the score at eight.
That set the stage for Hinojosa’s late inning heroics.
The Texas shortstop launched a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. Texas added an insurance run when Marlow drew a bases-loaded walk to score Carter.
John Curtiss worked around a walk in the bottom of the inning to record his fifth save. Morgan Cooper (3-1) worked three perfect innings to get the win. Ralph Garza (4-1) took the loss.
Mark Payton extend his reached-base streak to 74 consecutive games.
Game two starts at 4:00 PM on Saturday. Dillon Peters (4-2, 2.72) is on the mound for Texas.