Baseball coasts to 19-10 win over Kansas State
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Texas scored 10 runs in the third inning and coasted to a 19-10 win over Kansas State in their opening game of the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Trailing 4-1, Texas exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Danks and Kyle Russell led off the monumental rally with back-to-back triples. Chance Wheeless plated Russell with a bunt single down the third-base line, trimming the Wildcats lead to 4-3. Wheeless stole second base and moved to third on a groundout by Russell Moldenhauer. Preston Clark plated the equalizer on a single to rightfield driving in Wheeless.
The Longhorns went ahead when Travis Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk. Texas scored runs on a two-run single by Danks, a balk, an RBI single by Wheeless and a two-run single by Moldenhauer to take an 11-4 lead.
Kansas State (33-23) drew first blood in the top of the fourth inning. Rob Vaughn walked, Brett Scott singled and Nate Tenbrink walked to load the bases. Eli Rumler singled to leftfield, to plate Scott and Vaughn and the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead. After Joseph Krebs entered the game to replace UT starter Kyle Walker, Adam Muenster hit an infield single to plate Tenbrink, and Rumler scored as Tucker made an error on the play, inflating the cushion to 4-0.
Texas (43-14) broke its scoring seal in the bottom of the second inning. Moldenhauer hit a lead-off single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single to centerfield by Nick Peoples, to cut the lead to 4-1.
Up 11-4, Texas tacked on two more in the seventh inning. Tucker walked and Danks singled to put runners at the corners. Russell hit an infield single, plating Tucker. Danks eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Prince, staking Texas to a 13-4 lead.
Kansas State drew within three runs with a six-run eighth inning. Jordan Cruz drew a pinch-hit walk, Tenbrink singled through the right side of the infield and Tyler Ruch singled to rightfield to load the bases. Derek Bunker singled to the gap in right centerfield, plating Cruz and Tenbrink. The rally continued with an RBI single by Eddie Vasquez and Muenster capped it off by crushing a three-run home run to leftfield, cutting the lead to 13-10.
Texas responded with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. The inning included a solo home run by Peoples, a two-run single by Wheeless and a three-run home run by Bradley Suttle.
The 19 runs were the most ever scored by Texas in a Big 12 Championship game.
Texas returns to action Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. contest against Texas A&M. Kansas State battles Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.