March 20, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - A two-out bloop hit by Texas shortstop Brandon Loy scored Tim Maitland from first base as the fifth-ranked Longhorns defeated Kansas State, 6-5, in 14 innings Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas swept the opening series of conference action with the win and improved to 15-5 overall on the season. K-State dropped to 12-7 and was swept in a three-game conference series for the first time since April 2008 at Texas A&M.
The 14-inning affair lasted just over 4 1/2 hours, K-State's longest game in terms of innings played and elapsed time since a 20-inning, six-hour and 28-minute contest against Texas in 2004.
The loss was especially tough after the Cats held a 5-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh. Texas batted around in the inning, recording three base hits and receiving a pair of walks from Wildcat pitchers. The biggest blow in the frame came from Cohl Walla, who took a 2-2, two-out pitch into left field to score a pair runners to tie the game at 5-5.
Jake Doller, the fifth of nine K-State pitchers, came on to retire the final hitter of the inning. But the right-hander ran into trouble in the eighth as Texas put runners on first and second with one out. Evan Marshall relieved Doller and forced a fielder's choice and a fly out to get out of the frame.
In the ninth, K-State's Kent Urban singled and was sacrificed to second base. Pinch-runner Ryan Moore, who replaced Urban, moved to third on a groundout before Jake Brown walked. Texas closer Corey Knebel forced Tanner Witt to fly out to end the threat.
Texas also had a chance to win the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth when a walk, sacrifice bunt and intentional walk by Marshall again put runners on first and second with just one out. James Allen, who took the loss in Saturday's game, came on and struck out Kevin Lusson and recorded a line out to send the game into extra frames.
Neither team could get anything going offensively through the first four extra innings. Freshman left-hander Jared Moore pitched the 10th, 11th and 12th innings for the Cats, working around two hits and two walks, while also recording a pair of strikeouts. On the other side, Knebel worked through a two-out single in the 11th and shut down K-State in order in the 12th inning.
Texas reliever Kendall Carrillo (1-0) also set down the Cats in order in the 13th and surrendered a two-out hit in the 14th to Chase Graskewicz, but he retired Brown for the final out to send Texas to the plate in the bottom half.
Right-hander Gerardo Esquivel (0-1) recorded the first two outs of the 14th, but Maitland's single extended the inning before Loy's double ended the contest.
The Wildcats jumped out to their four-run lead after scoring three times in the fourth and once in both the fifth and sixth innings. The fourth inning began with a one-out single by Nick Martini before Jason King walked. Mike Kindel was next and hammered a ball into center field for the Cats' first run.
An error on the play moved both runners into scoring position and, after a wild pitch scored Jason King, Jared King laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Kindel and make the score 3-1.
Kansas State came back with another run in the fifth on a RBI single from Martini, while Urban singled home Jared King in the sixth.
K-State received another impressive outing from its starter for a third-straight game as Kayvon Bahramzadeh allowed a run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings of work during his first start of the season.
The Cats were led offensively by Martini, Urban, Graskewicz and freshman Shane Conlon, as each recorded two hits. Martini improved his nation-leading streak of reaching base safely to 79 games.
Loy and Jordan Etier each went 3-for-7 in the contest for Texas.
Kansas State returns to action next Friday with a three-game series at Baylor. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.