A much-adjusted pitching plan eventually prevailed.
“The good thing is we responded well for the first time after actually seeing Jason get hit,” Cowboys coach Josh Holliday said of Hursh. “And Jason has been pretty spot-on and unhittable all year long.
“So to bounce back when someone rolls in here on the first night and hits your ace, that's a real positive response. Sometimes that can give guys a little bit of, ‘Whoa, if they can get to him…'”
Instead, the Cowboys got to the Longhorns, who helped with four errors leading to six unearned runs on the day. Texas also stranded a total of 22 runners in the losses.
And while this Longhorns team has scuffled a bit, they're still the Longhorns.
And this is a Cowboys club gaining confidence and wins in Holliday's first season. OSU didn't reach the 20-win mark until April 20 a year ago.
“It's always big to win,” Holliday said, “especially to see your kids respond after losing a few games. We had not been through that yet. It was our first experience with losing and being on the wrong side of the board a couple times in a row.
“For them to respond, I'm really proud of that.”
The wins restored momentum for Tuesday's visit to the Sooners, who are 25-5 and ranked as high as 11th nationally.
“We know OU's a good team,” Holliday said. “We'll rest up and get ready to head down to Norman for a good, old-fashioned, in-state ballgame against a very, very good team. We'll need to play well again.”