Texas Clinches Series With 7-4 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. Texas scored four runs in the first inning and another two in the seventh to seal the victory as the Longhorns took the rubber match from Kansas State, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. With the win, Texas won the series two-games-to-one and improved to 26-18 overall, 10-11 in Big 12 play. K-State dropped to 20-23 overall and 6-12 in league action.


Preston Clark paced the Longhorns offensively as he went 2-for-4 with one double and three RBI. Kyle Lusson was also 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs.


Texas starter Austin Wood (3-2) picked up the win as the left hander went 7.1 innings, allowing four runs only two of which were earned on five hits, while walking two and collecting five strikeouts. Pat McCrory picked up his second save of the season, both coming against Kansas State, as the junior also recorded the save in Friday’s contest.


Justin Bloxom and Jason King each went 1-for-4 with a RBI for the Wildcats, while Daniel Dellasega was 1-for-2 with one run driven in.


Texas jumped out in front early with four runs in the first inning as the Longhorns batted around on Kansas State starter Lance Hoge (1-5). Michael Torres reached on a fielder’s choice after Travis Tucker led the game off by reaching on catcher’s interference. Jordan Danks followed with a double down the left-field line, which moved Torres to third, and both runners scored on a Clark double to right field to make the score 2-0.


Tant Shepherd was next and singled through the right side, which scored Danks, and Shepherd came around on a Lusson single to plate the fourth run of the inning.


Kansas State started to chip away at the Longhorn lead with a run in the bottom half of the frame. Brett Scott laced a one-out single into right field, and then stole second base during Nate Tenbrink’s at bat, which resulted in a fly out. Scott then came home on a Bloxom single through the left side, which made the score 4-1.


Texas got the lone run back in the second inning when Tucker, who led the inning off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a groundout, came home on a groundout by Clark.


Kansas State could not do anything in the bottom half of the inning and got out of a major jam in the top of the third as the Longhorns had the bases loaded and just one out. However, K-State reliever Tyler Ruch forced Tucker to line into a double play to end the threat.


The Wildcats came back and scratched across another run in the bottom of the third as Jordan Cruz led off the inning with a single. Wood proceeded to commit two balks, which moved Dane Yelovich who came in to pinch run to third, and the junior scored on a Tenbrink ground out to cut the Longhorn lead to 5-2.


The Wildcats scored another single run in the fourth when King reached on a fielding error by Shepherd, stole second base, and then scored on a single from Dellasega.


Texas took control of the game as Wood faced the minimum in each of the next three innings to allow his offense to put two insurance runs on the board in the seventh. Doubles by Shepherd and Russell Moldenhauer were sandwiched around a fly out to plate one run, while Lusson singled to push the lead to 7-3.


The Wildcats attempted to piece together a come back in the eighth as Scott walked with one out and moved to second two batters later on a fielding error by Brandon Belt, which allowed Bloxom to reach safely. With runners on first and second and two outs, King placed a single right inside fair territory down the left-field line to plate Scott and move Bloxom to third, which would be the end of Wood’s day. Shayton Thomas came on in relief with runners at first and third and forced a pop out to end the last scoring threat for the Wildcats.   


Kansas State will travel to Wichita State on Tuesday to complete the home-and-home series against the Shockers. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Eck Stadium.