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).
OU splits doubleheader to claim series with A&M
With projected rain in the area pushing Sunday's game to the second part of a Saturday doubleheader, the No. 6 Oklahoma softball team claimed its fifth Big 12 series with a 5-2 win over No. 14 Texas A&M in the first game before falling 4-0 in the second.
The series win in College Station, Texas, moved OU to 35-6 on the year and 11-3 in the Big 12.
OU's Keilani Ricketts had two home runs in the first game. Michelle Gascoigne started Game 1 in the circle and moved to 14-1 on the year.
Ricketts took the loss in the second game, giving up four runs and seven hits in five innings while striking out four and walking three.
OU, OSU compete at John Jacobs meet
The University of Oklahoma track and field teams hosted the 43rd annual John Jacobs Invitational Saturday in Norman.
The Sooners won eight events and claimed a total of 40 top-10 finishes. Nine Sooners set collegiate bests in their respective events.
Oklahoma's 4x100-meter relay teams opened track events with a sweep of the men's and women's titles. Shawna Anderson, Sherine Wells, Shelleyeka Rolle and Ti'Anca Mock ran a season-best 45.27 seconds to win the women's side, while Marcus Anderson, Eric Cray, Ethan Baker and Evan Pierson clocked a time of 40.88 seconds to win the men's title.
For OSU, freshman Nick Miller notched his second-consecutive first-place finish in the hammer throw. Miller took first with a 66.88-meter effort, a mark that stands at No. 9 nationally.
OSU combined for nine other top five finishes at the meet, including a second-place finish from Caitlin Way in the weight throw. Her 56.33-meter effort in the weight throw ranks No. 4 in the OSU record book
The Oklahoma State equestrian western team had a bid for their fourth national championship but came up just short, tying Texas A&M and falling in the tiebreaker by raw scores. ... Oklahoma Baptist's softball doubleheader at Oklahoma Christian on Saturday was rained out. The games will be made up at 1 p.m. on April 28.