Top 10 Moments of the 2000s: No. 10

Into the 20th We Go...

Note: This is the first edition of a 10-part series chronicling the top 10 Kansas State Baseball moments of the 2000s, counting down to the Wildcats' 2010 season opener on February 19 against Delaware. The events were voted on by an eight-person panel consisting of: Head Coach Brad Hill; former Head Coach and Director of Development Mike Clark; Associate Athletics Director Casey Scott; Director of Baseball Operations Justin Tadtman; Sports Information Director Kenny Lannou; Baseball SID Ryan Lackey; and the Voices of K-State Baseball, Brian Smoller and Matt Walters.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It was an epic 20-inning battle between Kansas State and the top-ranked team in the country, the Texas Longhorns, on Friday, April 9, 2004, which extended into the wee hours of Saturday morning. And although the 10-6 outcome did not go in favor the Wildcats, those who played, coached and witnessed the game will never forget it.

The two teams were tied at five apiece after nine innings. No big deal. Extra innings are a part of the game. The Cats had already played extra innings twice during the 2004 season, including a 16-inning, 4-hour, 38-minute affair against No. 9 Wichita State. But the Longhorns and Cats reached unchartered waters.

The score remained tied at five for the length of another game -- nine innings in which both bullpens came through in the clutch. Throughout the entire "extra game," both teams had a chance to win on multiple occasions:
  • K-State with runners on second and third and two outs in the 10th: Strikeout.
  • Texas with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th: Strikeout.
  • Texas with a runner on third and two outs in the 12th: Groundout.
  • Texas with runners on second and third and one out in the 15th: Strikeout and strikeout.
  • K-State with runners on first and third and two outs in the 16th: Lineout.

It wasn't until the top of the 20th that a team broke through to score the game's first run in 12 innings. And unfortunately for K-State, that team was Texas, which pushed across five runs on four hits in the decisive 20th inning.

The game, which lasted 6 hours, 28 minutes, still stands as the longest in Kansas State history and the longest game between two Big 12 schools. It also tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history at the time.

The two teams combined to leave 42 men on base, which was the second-most by two teams in NCAA history at the time, missing the record of 43 by one runner. But, the game did set the record for combined plate appearances with 178, 92 by Texas and 86 by Kansas State.

In all, the two teams combined to use 15 pitchers, account for 36 strikeouts and pound out 35 hits. The Wildcats also used 20 of their 25 available players, while the Longhorns used 23.

Kansas State played No. 1 Texas to extra innings again in 2005, but lost a 10-inning contest, 5-4. The Wildcats would get revenge against the Longhorns in an extra-inning game in 2009 as the Cats won 5-4 at No. 2 Texas as part of a series win in Austin.

Top 10 K-State Baseball Moments of the 2000's
No. 10: Into the 20th We Go... (2/9)
No. 9: February 10
No. 8: February 11
No. 7: February 12
No. 6: February 13
No. 5: February 14
No. 4: February 15
No. 3: February 16
No. 2: February 17
No. 1: February 18