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Horns Sweep Baylor, Take Big 12 Lead

The Texas Longhorns are now in first place in the Big 12 standings after finishing off a weekend sweep of the Baylor Bears with a 3-1 win Sunday.
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How Texas Won – A huge game for Taylor Jungmann in his first Big 12 start.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound freshman moved into the starting rotation this past weekend and he’s likely to stay there, giving up only a single run and striking out ten. Texas wasn’t nearly as impressive at the plate as it had been its last three games (Texas scored 12 or more runs in each of the previous three games) and left nine runners on base Sunday, but a few good hits — two of them from catcher Cameron Rupp — were all Texas would need to get the win.

With the win, Texas is at the top of the Big 12 with a record of 15-8-1 in conference. However, the conference title is far from assured because there’s only a two and a half game difference between first place and sixth place in the standings, making next weekend’s series with Texas A&M (which is third in the Big 12 at 13-8) critical.

MVP on the mound – Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas

The tall freshman had been getting his share of playing time this season, holding 46.1 innings pitched heading into Sunday and his win over the bears was his eighth decision of the season (5-3), but Sunday was his first Big 12 start and he did not disappoint. Jungmann gave up only one run on three hits in six innings pitched, struck out ten Baylor batters and walked only one. His ERA improved to an impressive 1.72 on the year.

In addition, Texas closer Austin Wood got the save, putting him in the 20-20 club. Wood is now only the second player in UT history to log 20 wins and 20 saves in his career, joining J. Brent Cox.

MVP at the plate – Cameron Rupp, C, Texas

With Jungmann only giving up one run, Rupp provided all of the scoring Texas would need. The sophomore catcher knocked in two of Texas’ three runs and got things going for Texas in the second inning with a homerun over the right field wall. He then followed it up with an RBI single in the fourth to score Brandon Belt. Rupp finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI, one run, one walk and one homerun.

Previous two games in the series

Friday: Texas 12, Baylor 4 Longhorns Prevail in Series Opener Against Baylor

Saturday: Texas 19, Baylor 11 Texas Belts Baylor To Clinch Series

Up next – The Longhorns remain home to take on the Texas Southern Tigers Wednesday before playing the Aggies in their final conference regular season series.