Oklahoma State was swept by No. 23 Texas in a doubleheader Saturday at UFCU-Disch Falk Field. The Cowboys suffered a 5-0 loss in the opener before falling 3-2 in Game 2.
OSU (18-16, 5-7 Big 12) dropped its third league series of the season. Texas improved to 20-13 and 9-3 in the league.
Mark Payton delivered a solo home run over the left-field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning to life the Longhorns to the win in the late game.
Payton's home run ruined a strong performance by OSU right-hander Vince Wheeland. He pitched the first complete game of his career but fell to 2-1 on the year. The sophomore allowed just two earned runs and five hits and did not issue a walk.
In Saturday's opener, the OSU offense never got on track against UT starter Parker French, who improved to 4-1 by tossing eight scoreless innings and striking out six.
The Cowboys return to action Tuesday when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State.
OU cruises past Missouri
Oklahoma broke a sixth-inning tie with two-run homers by Hunter Lockwood and Evan Mistich, and the Sooners cruised to an 8-4 victory over Missouri on Saturday.
Jordan John (6-4) got the win as OU claimed the series victory over Missouri (18-16, 3-8 Big 12)
The win was the Sooners' third straight and upped their overall mark to 21-14. OU improved to 6-8 in Big 12 play.
Cowgirls sweep Iowa State
The Oklahoma State softball team pounded out 27 hits in two games, completing a sweep of Iowa State in Stillwater on Saturday.
OSU won the first game of the doubleheader 7-6 in eight innings before completing the sweep with a 10-6 victory in Game 2.
Kat Espinosa pitched all eight innings of Game 1, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts.
Morgan Hawkins got the win in Game 2. She pitched six innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs for OSU (21-16, 5-6 Big 12).