Texas overcomes deficit to take game two from Oklahoma

Travis Hlavinka

It seems the Longhorns have a flair for the dramatic.

After a Friday night finish in which the team came back in the top of the eighth to retake the lead and eventually win the game, Texas, down three runs, scored five unanswered on Saturday night to steal its second straight from the Sooners in Norman, 5-3.

Texas was held scoreless until the fourth inning when a two-out, two-run double with the bases loaded by sophomore outfielder Duke Ellis put the Longhorns on the board.

In the top of the fifth, something Texas fans have come to expect happened yet again. Junior infielder Kody Clemens hit a solo shot followed by one of the meanest bat flips you’ll ever see to tie the ball game.

That made it 11 home runs for Clemens on the season to go along with 37 RBIs and a .380 batting average. His older brother, Kacy, who led last year’s Texas team in most offensive categories, sported a .305 batting average with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and 40 walks. The younger Clemens, who has almost eclipsed his brother’s totals, still has 84 at-bats to go to match his brother’s at-bat total from last year.

Kody, who has smiled at the proposition of trash-talking his older brother once he breaks the milestone set, is likely chomping at the bit to add a few more tanks to his home run column with still so much of the season left to play.

The game was deadlocked for the following three innings, until a two-run bomb from redshirt freshman designated hitter Zach Zubia put a stamp on the game for Texas. Zubia, who has made quite a name for himself after redshirting last season, has become the thunder to Clemens’ lightning.

The Longhorns are red-hot heading into game three and are looking for a series sweep of the Sooners. Game three is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park in Norman.