Longhorns make Big 12 final; Bridge City’s Shugart saves

Published 12:08 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Michael Cantu homered and had three RBIs as sixth-seeded Texas advanced to the Big 12 Conference Tournament championship game with a 9-3 win over TCU on Saturday night.

The win for the Longhorns (37-21) comes after they had lost 9-2 earlier in the day to the second-seeded Horned Frogs (42-16), and it sends Texas into a championship matchup with eighth-seeded Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Cantu finished 3 for 5, including his three-run home run in the fifth inning, while four other Longhorns had two hits each. Blair Henley (4-4) allowed only two unearned runs in six innings to earn the win, and Chase Shugart of Bridge City pitched the final three innings for his third save.

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SUGAR LAND (The News) — Clayton Harp went 3 for 5 and drove in a run, and Sam Houston State repeated as Southland Conference champion with a 9-4 win over Central Arkansas at Constellation Field on Saturday.

Central Arkansas (34-26) moved into the championship game with a 3-0 win over Houston Baptist earlier Saturday.

Sam Houston (40-20) was warm at the plate with 12 hits to overcome three errors.

Also Saturday: Rice beat Florida Atlantic 13-2 to make today’s Conference USA final against either Southern Miss or Charlotte (1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network); and Houston beat UConn 13-3 to reach the American title game against East Carolina (11 a.m. on ESPNews).