Texas Evens Series with Saturday Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas right-hander Cole Green threw his fourth complete game of the season and the Longhorn offense produced four multi-run innings as No. 1-ranked Texas evened the weekend series against No. 20 Kansas State in a 17-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

Texas captured its sixth Big 12 regular-season championship with the win as it improved to 40-8 overall and 20-3 in the Big 12. The Wildcats, who dropped their first regular-season game to Texas in two years, fell to 32-14 on the season and 11-8 in conference action.

Green worked his third complete game against Big 12 opponents, surrendering just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in 105 pitches. The junior was outstanding as he faced just two batters over the minimum for the first seven innings until K-State recorded consecutive one-out hits in the eighth.

Green had plenty of run support as Texas hit four home runs, including three-run shots from Cohl Walla and Cameron Rupp. The homer was Walla's only hit of the day, while Rupp was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.

Jonathan Walsh, who hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to cap Texas' scoring, led the Longhorns with four hits and five RBI. Tant Shepherd and Russell Moldenhauer also recorded three hits apiece.

Carter Jurica laced a first-inning double and scored on a wild pitch to give K-State a 1-0 lead. The junior shortstop also scored in the ninth when he reached on an error and came across on a sacrifice fly by Kent Urban.

Texas wiped away the early deficit by plating a pair of runs in the top of the second for a 2-1 lead. UT took control of the game with five runs in the fourth that featured Walla's three-run shot. Rupp hit his three-run homer in the eighth and, after a walk, Walsh hammered a two-run shot over the right-field wall.

Kansas State will look to bounce back from Saturday's loss in the rubber game of the series at 1 p.m., Sunday.  The Cats, who won Friday's series opener 2-1, will go for their second-straight series win over Texas and the first at home since 1998.