The Texas Longhorns baseball team had a chance to pull even with Oklahoma State in the Big 12 standings on Saturday.
It was a chance the team let slip away.
Texas (32-12, 10-7 Big 12) managed just two hits in a 2-1 loss to the Cowboys. The loss drops the Longhorns two games behind first place Oklahoma State (30-13, 12-5 Big 12).
Tyler Buffet allowed one hit in 4.2 innings of work. He gave up the lone run on a Zane Gurwitz’s RBI groundout after walking two batters in the second inning. Buffet walked five Longhorns. Ben Johnson and Mark Payton were the only Longhorns to get a hit. Texas stranded nine base runners.
Alex Hackerott (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory.
Dillon Peters worked five solid innings before giving way to the bullpen. Peters allowed five hits and an unearned run. His error in the fifth got Oklahoma State on the board. Craig McConaughy doubled to open the inning. Peters then hit Gage Green with a pitch. McConaughy came around to score when Peters threw Donnie Walton’s sacrifice bunt past first baseman Kacy Clemens for an error.
Oklahoma added the winning run in the sixth when Morgan Cooper (4-2) gave up three straight two-out singles. Again, it was McConaughy, Green and Walton doing the damage.
Brendan McCurry came in to shut the door on Texas, getting Brooks Marlow to fly out to end the game with the tying run on base. It was McCurry’s 12th save this season.
Texas and Oklahoma conclude the series tomorrow at 1:00 PM Nathan Thornhill (6-1) is scheduled to face Tyler Nurdin (2-3).