Thanks to three homeruns and a solid night at the ballpark from pitcher Chance Ruffin the Texas Longhorns went into Stillwater and got a big win over Oklahoma State to open the weekend series.
Texas 7 (19-7,5-5 Big 12), Oklahoma State 2 (20-9,3-4 Big 12)
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How Texas won – A big second inning and a beautiful pitching performance by Chance Ruffin.
Much of the criticism the Longhorns have received this season has been centered around their ability — or rather inability — to generate runs and to get them when it mattered. But the Horns did both Friday, getting five runs early in a huge second inning and then even snagging an insurance run in the eighth and again in the ninth inning to close out the game.
MVP on the mound – Chance Ruffin, RHP, Texas
Credit for Friday’s victory also needs to go to Texas starter Chance Ruffin, who pitched a masterful seven and a third innings, giving up only one earned run over than span and striking out six. Ruffin now has a 5-2 record on the year and a 2.48 ERA.
MVP at the plate – Michael Torres, 3B, Texas/Connor Rowe, CF, Texas
Leaving runners on base in critical moments has been a problem for the Horns, but Torres cleared ’em in the second inning Friday. The inning started out rough for Texas, with Cameron Rupp striking out and Preston Clark popping out. But then, following a double from Kevin Keyes and a walk from David Hernandez, Torres stepped to the plate and blasted Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver’s 1-0 pitch out of the park, giving the Horns a 3-0 lead. Torres finished the game 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, 1 R and 1 HR.
But the Horns weren’t done scoring that inning. Connor Rowe also had a big day at the ballpark, following Torres’ homerun with a homerun of his own. Rowe followed up with another solo-shot in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, 2 R and 2 HR.
The teams play game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and again on Sunday at 1 p.m.