OKLAHOMA CITY – Tyler Hardman went 2 for 4 and Conor McKenna drove in a run, but the Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 2 Texas 4-1 Thursday afternoon in the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Sooners (27-28) tied the game in the top of the third inning on McKenna’s base hit to right field. Peyton Graham, who scored on the play, led off the inning with a single. The Longhorns (41-14) scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and eighth innings.
“Wyatt Olds was outstanding throughout the game,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “(Texas) got big hits when we didn’t get big hits. We hit some balls hard on the ground and we hit some balls at them today, but we never really got a ball to go through. We put a lot of balls in play really hard, and I was proud of our guys for doing that.”
Wyatt Olds turned in a stellar relief performance for Oklahoma, relieving starter Braden Carmichael (6-3) after 2.2 innings. Olds registered a career-high 11 strikeouts over 5.0 frames and allowing only two hits and two walks.
Hardman drove a two-out single to right field in the top of the first inning and singled to deep short in the eighth inning. Breydon Daniel knocked a two-out base hit in the fifth inning.
Zach Zubia went 3 for 5 with an RBI single in the fourth inning and Douglas Hodo doubled in a run in the third inning and scored twice. Silas Ardoin drove in UT’s first run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly.
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