Texas beats Oklahoma 1-0 in pitching duel

Sara Beth Purdy

Sophomore Dillion Peters pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and junior Corey Knebel earned his seventh save of the year as the Longhorns held Oklahoma to just two hits in a 1-0 Saturday afternoon. The victory tied the series 1-1 and forces a rubber match Sunday afternoon.

"There was lots of urgency. It was the best game we have played all season," Texas head coach Augie Garrido said. "We have had a hard time getting connected in our dugout. Everyone was in the game today from beginning to end."

Peters started off on the mound for the Longhorns (17-12, 3-5) and pitched seven no-hit innings. In the eighth, Peters gave up two hits in the eighth before Knebel came in with two outs for the save. In the top of the ninth, Knebel retired the side to clinch the game two victory.

The game started out as a pitching duel between the two rival schools. In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Matt Gottsacker, who scored the Longhorns' only run in Friday night's series opener, reached base on a single to center field. Freshman Ben Johnson then hit a single towards center to plate Gottsacker.

"I think the losing has put stress on the team," Garrido said. "One of the most valuable things that winning provides for a team that wins is an environment where it keeps it fun and keeps everybody in support of what is going on."

With the series tied, the Longhorns look to take their first Big 12 series when. The two teams meet for the series finale Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.