Nathan Thornhill had no idea what he was doing. The freshman pitcher was in the Texas locker room preparing for his first collegiate start Tuesday and asked veterans Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green what he should do to get ready.
Texas failed to close out the sweep of Oklahoma on Sunday, falling 5-2 to the Sooners at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Tant Shepherd hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Cohl Walla added another run in the ninth with a RBI single, but it was too little, too late for the Longhorns.
The Longhorns claim they just came out flat. But how, against archrival Oklahoma? And how, with the chance to sweep the Sooners and claim sole possession of first place in the conference race? Flat with ESPNU in town?
A few weeks ago, Texas made a pitching swap. Sam Stafford, who had been mowing down batters on Tuesdays — 2-0, with 23 strikeouts in four contests — would take his act to Sundays, when his arm would provide more value against better opponents.
Texas was unable to complete the sweep this weekend against Kansas and fell 4-2 in the final game on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. Sam Stafford started for Texas and picked up his first loss of the season.