Seven Late Texas Runs Help Lead to 12-5 K-State Loss




14-17 (5-3 Big 12)

13-19 (0-8 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UT 0 1 2 1 0 1 5 2 0 12 13 0
KST 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 5 13 1
W: Culbreth (6-2) L: MaVorhis (3-3) S: --
  • Time of Game: 3:11
  • First Pitch: 2:05 pm
  • Temperature: 56 F
  • Wind: SE 15-20
  • Attendance: 2,331

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Three early solo home runs and a five-run seventh inning by Texas led to a 12-5 loss for K-State on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State (13-19, 0-8 Big 12), which cut the deficit to two with three runs in the sixth, yielded six two-out runs between the fourth and seventh inning to see the Longhorns (14-17, 5-3 Big 12) pull away. The victory allowed Texas to clinch its third straight series win over the Wildcats. 

The three homers by Texas added to its two from Friday to give it five in the first two games of the series. All three on Saturday were off K-State starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis, who threw 5 2/3 innings in his third loss of the season. Patrick Mathis hit a one-out homer in the second while Kody Clemens and Travis Jones went back-to-back to start the third.

“They did a good job of playing (the wind),” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “You could see they were trying to adjust to it. They were solo home runs, though. That kept the score down. We thought we were going to score some runs - we swung the bats better today. Now it’s just a matter of getting some hits with runners in scoring position.”

K-State matched Texas in hits with 13 apiece, but the Wildcats went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. Tyler Moore had a season-high four hits, including his third home run of the season in the sixth, and drove in three runs for the second time in the last four games.

Texas, which went 4-for-9 in RBI opportunities, had four players notch multiple hit games to match K-State. Zane Gurwitz, who had the bases-clearing triple to cap the seventh, turned in a team-high three hits.

“We pushed them a little bit with the three-spot (in the sixth), and then we come right back and give them five,” said Hill. “That just crushed us. It’s the little things that continue to bother us. We need to do a better job of pitching through some adversity.”

The Longhorns pulled away with the five runs in the seventh after Jordan Floyd allowed a leadoff single by Tyler Rand, who was moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch, respectively. Following a Travis Jones RBI single, Floyd went on to surrender a single, hit by pitch and bases-loaded walk to end his day. Brogan Heinen allowed the three-run triple to Gurwitz.

“The game gets changed when it’s a runner at second and a wild pitch (moves him to third) with one out. That changes everything,” said Hill. “We had to bring the infield in because we can’t give up another run. Texas just did a good job of hitting. A couple walks in there and the next thing you know, it’s a five-spot.”

Texas starting pitcher Ty Culbreth earned his sixth win of the season by surrendering four runs over seven innings. He struck out six, including the side in the seventh when Clayton Dalrymple had an RBI single to follow up hits by Quintin Crandall and Josh Ethier.

K-State loaded the bases in the second following two singles and a hit by pitch with one out, but Culbreth worked out of the jam unscathed and went on to retire 11 in a row. The left-hander allowed nine hits over his seven innings, with four of those hits coming in the three-run sixth.

“We had a chance early,” said Hill. “Culbreth was struggling just a little bit with his command. We just can’t get the big hit with the bases loaded to give us some momentum, which we desperately we need right now.”

Dalrymple, who was one of four Wildcats with multiple hits, started the sixth with a double to snap the stretch of 11 in a row set down. Josh Rolette plated the first run with a forceout while Moore hit a two-run home run to make it 5-3. 

Following Texas increasing its lead to 10-3 in the top of the seventh and the lone K-State run in the bottom half, the Longhorns added two late runs in the eighth with the help of a Jake Wodtke throwing error on a potential inning-ending double play. With the bases full and Nick Jones on the mound, Kacy Clemens hit a groundball to shortstop Tyler Wolfe, who flipped to Wodtke for the force at second. Wodtke’s throw to first, however, was high and allowed Kody Clemens to score from third and Jones from second.

K-State will look to salvage a win in the series on Sunday in a 1 p.m. game. Right-hander Corey Fischer will start for the Wildcats on the mound and face righty Kyle Johnston.

K-State has lost six straight to Texas.

Dalrymple registered his 16th multi-hit game of the season, the most by a Wildcat since Shane Conlon led K-State with 16 in 2015. He also has an 11-game hitting streak, a new career-high, as well as a 15-game on-base streak.

Nick Jones registered the final five outs for K-State. The right-hander surrendered just one hit to the five batters he faced to help him match his season-high in innings pitched (Last: March 20 vs. Western Carolina).