Stehly, Gordon lead Texas past TCU for berth in Big 12 semis

May 26, 2022, 6:19 AM | Updated: 6:20 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Murphy Stehly hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, Lucas Gordon pitched into the eighth and No. 5 seed Texas never trailed in a 5-3 victory over top-seeded TCU on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.

Two-time conference champion TCU (36-19) will play an elimination game against either No. 2 seed Texas Tech or third-seeded Oklahoma on Friday. Texas (41-17) is idle until the semifinals SaturdayGordon tossed 7 2/3 innings for Texas, allowing two runs — one earned — on two hits and two walks. He struck out four in upping his record to 7-1 on the season.

The Longhorns jumped on TCU starter Marcelo Perez (6-3) early. Douglas Hodo III led off with an infield single. Ivan Melendez reached base when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Stehly sent a 0-2 pitch over the wall in left field for his sixth homer of the season and a 3-0 lead.

Tommy Sacco led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk for TCU. He took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and scored on an error as the Horned Frogs pushed a run across without benefit of a hit. TCU pulled within a run in the sixth when Elijah Nunez led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brayden Taylor.

Texas added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth off TCU reliever Luke Savage. Hodo doubled with one out and moved to third on Eric Kennedy’s infield single. Both runners advanced on a balk, plating Hodo. Austin Todd drove in Kennedy with a two-out single to make it 5-2.

Gray Rodgers hit a two-out solo homer in the ninth for the Horned Frogs to cap the scoring.

___

More AP college sports: https://apnews.com/hub/college-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Colorado Avalanche center Alex Newhook, front, is hugged by center Andrew Cogliano after scoring a ...
Associated Press

Newhook scores on birthday, Avalanche beat Blues 4-2

DENVER (AP) — Alex Newhook scored on his birthday for the second straight season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday for their seventh win in eight games. Evan Rodrigues, J.T. Compher and Matt Nieto also scored for Colorado, and Logan O’Connor had two assists. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 26 shots. […]
15 hours ago
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, dribbles the ball as Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic defends d...
Associated Press

Embiid scores 47 as 76ers beat Jokic, Nuggets 126-119

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid won the battle of MVP candidates with 47 points and 18 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 126-119 win over Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Jokic and Embiid have finished first and second in voting for the NBA’s Most […]
15 hours ago
Evan Bates, left, and Madison Chock perform during the rhythm dance program at the U.S. figure skat...
Associated Press

Chock and Bates defend title, win 4th U.S. ice dance gold

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Madison Chock and Evan Bates successfully defended their ice dancing title Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, scoring 137.85 in the free dance for a top-place total score of 229.75. The recently engaged couple has medaled at nationals in every season since 2013. That’s 11 straight years, which matches […]
2 days ago
Houston forward J'Wan Roberts (13) reacts after a Cincinnati shot clock violation during the second...
Associated Press

Walker, No. 3 Houston rally for a 75-69 win over Cincinnati

HOUSTON (AP) — Jarace Walker had a career-high 25 points and seven rebounds, and No. 3 Houston rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat Cincinnati 75-69 on Saturday. Walker, who scored 13 points in the second half, was 10 of 14 from the field. J’Wan Roberts added 14 points and six rebounds, and Jamal […]
2 days ago
Oklahoma guard Grant Sherfield (25) brings the ball up the court during the first half of an NCAA c...
Associated Press

Sherfield scores 30 as Oklahoma beats No. 2 Alabama 93-69

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Grant Sherfield scored a season-high 30 points, and Oklahoma beat No. 2 Alabama 93-69 on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Jalen Hill added a career-high 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting, helping second-year Oklahoma coach Porter Moser to his biggest win with the program. Tanner Groves had 14 points and 12 […]
2 days ago
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy after defeating Elena Rybakina...
Associated Press

Analysis: Aussie Open champ Sabalenka reworked serve, belief

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka’s Australian Open championship is about persistence. It’s about the value of confronting, not ignoring, problems. It’s about putting in the time and the effort required to get better. And, to hear Sabalenka and her team tell it, it’s as much about the way she reconfigured her self-belief as it […]
2 days ago
Stehly, Gordon lead Texas past TCU for berth in Big 12 semis