OKLAHOMA CITY – Dillon Peters and Parker French combined for a complete-game shutout, Kacy Clemens went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and No. 5 seed Texas beat top-seed Oklahoma State 3-0 Thursday night in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The win gives Texas (38-16) a day off from competition on Friday. The Longhorns will return to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when they face the winner of Friday's Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game.
Peters and French led the way on the mound, allowing just five hits and issuing one walk in the game. Peters went five innings, striking out three and scattering four hits, while French earned his first save since March 16, 2012, by pitching the final four innings and giving up just one hit.
Both Peters and French let their defense work behind them as the Longhorns executed flawlessly in the field for the first eight innings. Peters got eight groundball outs and French seven, and the lone Texas miscue – an error in the ninth inning – was wiped out by a double play.
Clemens, meanwhile, gave Texas the only run it would need with a two-out, RBI single that scored Madison Carter in the second inning. The freshman then added a pair of insurance runs with a bases-loaded infield single that scored two runs in the eighth.
Oklahoma State (42-15) put just four runners in scoring position all night, and the Cowboys never got a runner past second base. When Peters did allow a base runner to reach scoring position, he worked out of it. In the fifth, a leadoff single by Aaron Cornell and a sacrifice bunt gave the Cowboys a chance to tie the game. But Peters struck out the next two batters to end the inning and preserve a 1-0 lead.
French was just as good, allowing only one hit, a two-out double in the sixth. He kept Oklahoma State, which had scored 13 runs on 15 hits in their victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday, hitless in the final three innings.
Mark Payton finished the night 2-for-3 at the plate, extending his reached-base streak to 93 games which is tied for the Big 12 record. Peters improved to 7-3 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.13.