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Trey Faltine’s Nap, Double Leads Texas Past Oklahoma State

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ARLINGTON, Texas — So what do you do when you wake up at 9 a.m., play a baseball game and get your butt kicked?

Do you stew for hours about it, even though you know you have another game coming up? Do you try to motivate your teammates? Do you take a walk?

Texas shortstop Trey Faltine took a nap.

 

“It was pretty solid,” Faltine said of the nap after the Longhorns lost to Oklahoma State, 8-1, in the morning game at the Philips 66 2022 Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

Faltine took the nap in a training room somewhere in Globe Life Field.

One of the teammate that came across him was pitcher Tristan Stevens.

“All I saw was Trey’s feet under a table,” Stevens said. “I think it was a pretty good nap.”

Faltine was perhaps the biggest reason why the Longhorns beat the Cowboys, 9-2, in their rematch later on Saturday, a win that puts Texas in the championship game with Oklahoma.

In the third inning, Faltine came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out. But he shouldn’t have been in that situation.

Had Oklahoma State pitcher Jared Southard not committed an error on the sacrifice bunt attempt of Texas’ Austin Todd, the inning would have ended before Faltine hit. Even though Skyler Messinger was hit by a pitch after Todd reached first, and that did allow Ivan Melendez to score with the bases loaded, Texas only pushed their lead to 3-1.

 

The next two hitters, Silas Ardoin and Mitchell Daly, struck out. Without the error, the inning ends and the Cowboys only give up one run.

Instead, Faltine hits and he clears the bases with a booming double to left.

Game over, basically.

“They (Texas) got a clutch double that took the game from 3-1 to 6-1 and they followed it up with another hit so they delivered and took advantage of some cracks in our defense,” Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday said.

Faltine had the big day, going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Texas head coach David Pierce went with a bullpen game, throwing five different pitches for one or two innings and it worked. They combined to give up five hits and two runs. By the way, that was the plan Saturday morning before the Cowboys basically blew it up.

 

So, there was no big postgame speech, no big ‘Rudy’ moment, that led to Texas’ win over Oklahoma State.

Just a nap and a timely hit.

“We really didn’t have to do anything,” Faltine said. “You know, we all know what had to be done. We knew what was at stake and we know what’s at stake tomorrow.”

Baseball is such a superstitious game. Perhaps another nap is in order for Faltine and the Longhorns on Sunday?

Matthew Postins can be found on Twitter @PostinsPostcard

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