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• Davis Martin returns from nine-week layoff for Texas Tech
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kacy Clemens put on a show Wednesday night, and four power-armed Texas pitchers showed why the Longhorns are going to be a very tough out in the postseason.
Clemens, UT’s senior first baseman, has been a force in the heart of the lineup all season long, but he saved his best performance of the season for the Longhorns’ Big 12 tournament opener against Oklahoma. Clemens hit a pair of two-run homers and a double to power Texas to an 8-4 victory against the rival Sooners.
His first blast came in the first inning, when he went the other way with a Nathan Wiles fastball for a home run to left-center. In his next at-bat, Clemens stayed back on a 75 mph Wiles curveball and turned on it for a towering shot to right field, giving Texas a 5-0 lead. He went back to left-center for his leadoff double in the ninth.
“He’s had some big hits for us all year,” Texas coach David Pierce said. “His approach was outstanding. To be able to drive the fastball to the left-center-field gap twice, for a home run and a double, and then to be able to stay on the breaking ball and keep that fair was just outstanding hitting.”
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