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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES : Texas Routs Oklahoma, Faces Pepperdine

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

There were no elements of mystery when Texas played Oklahoma in the final first-round game of the College World Series on Saturday night.

Texas, making a record 26th series appearance, had defeated Oklahoma three times this season. The Longhorns continued their winning ways against the Sooners with a 15-3 victory before a record crowd of 19,772 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Texas has won 14 of its last 15 games against Oklahoma, including all five between the schools in World Series play.

Texas (47-15) will play Pepperdine Monday at 4:30 p.m. PDT (ESPN, 9 p.m.) in a winner’s bracket game. Oklahoma (42-23) plays Wichita State in an elimination game.

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“I saw part of Pepperdine’s game (against Wichita State) and was very impressed,” Texas Coach Cliff Gustafson said. “Their pitching was outstanding. . . . It’s going to be important for us to get ahead of them and not let them get to their closer (Steve Montgomery).”

Texas defeated Oklahoma behind the performance of All-American Brooks Kieschnick (11-2), a 6-4, 220-pound sophomore right-hander who gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings.

Kieschnick drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning and added a double and a two-run homer during a nine-run sixth that gave the Longhorns a 15-2 lead. It was the first time since 1962 that a pitcher earned a victory and homered in the same World Series game.

Braxton Hickman also homered and had four RBIs for the Longhorns, who collected 14 hits against six pitchers.

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“It was one of those nights where I think I threw pretty good pitches and they still hit it,” said Oklahoma starter Casey Mendenhall (11-2), who gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Oklahoma’s Kevin Schula, who played at Placentia El Dorado High, hit a solo homer for the Sooners in the ninth inning.


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