NORMAN — Sheldon Neuse wants to remember the feeling.
Oklahoma’s third baseman wants to remember the way the Sooners’ big comeback Friday night against Texas felt.
More importantly, he wants to remember the way it felt to let the lead slip away, as the Longhorns came back to beat OU 10-8 in 10 innings in front of 2,011 — the largest crowd of the season for the Sooners — at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“We need to take the way we feel right now and turn it into energy and focus and make sure that we don’t go home like this tomorrow,” Neuse said. “Whatever it takes, do not let this happen again the rest of the series.”
OU had won nine consecutive games in extra innings dating back to March 10, 2013.
The series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The Sooners came back to force extras after being down 6-0 half an inning in.
But things quickly unraveled for OU as C.J. Hinojosa’s no-doubt home run off Ralph Garza led off the inning and the Longhorns (27-8, 7-3 Big 12) quickly added another.
It could’ve been much worse, with the bases loaded and one out before Kyle Hayes struck out Mark Payton and then after the ball got away, Kacy Clemens was thrown out trying to score for an inning-ending double play.
Neuse got on to start the bottom half before John Curtiss retired three consecutive batters for the save.
Texas scored six unearned in the first off Sooners starter Corey Copping but it didn’t take long for OU (23-12, 4-3) to make up that deficit.
Oklahoma scored six in the third with the help of three Texas errors and a two-run single by Niko Buentello and RBI doubles by Neuse and Mac James.
Sooner coach Pete Hughes wasn’t around to see the entirety of the rally.
On the first pitch to James, first-base umpire Randy Bruns said James swung when asked on appeal.
From his third-base coaching box, Hughes began yelling across the field at Bruns before second-base umpire Jeff Henricks ejected Hughes.
It was Hughes’ first ejection as an Oklahoma coach.
OU first baseman Anthony Hermelyn was also ejected in the 10th after striking out looking.
The Sooners took the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs, but Kindle Ladd, who had held the Longhorns scoreless for more than five innings, finally tired out in the seventh. Ladd gave up a pair of runs to tie the game.
Oklahoma’s bullpen hadn’t given up a run in more than 24 innings before those two.
“You can’t blame then,” James said of the bullpen. “They did a really good job. That’s a really good team over there.”
The emotional rollercoaster was tough for both teams, Sooner hitting coach Mike Anderson said.
“There was just a lot of emotion on the field tonight and you know the good side of that is our kids did a great job of getting back in it,” Anderson said. “The bad part of it — we want to finish it. Our kids are disappointed. Getting back in it — fighting back in it — that’s good stuff but finishing that game, they’re disappointed and they should be.”