Big 12 Recap 04-28-09

Texas State at Texas
Texas State at Texas

#10 Texas 12 Texas State 2

AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 8 Texas Longhorns demonstrated their offensive firepower with a season-high runs total to defeat the Texas State Bobcats, 12-2, in non-conference baseball action Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk field.

The Longhorns were led offensively by freshman Kevin Lusson who went 4-for-4 and with a walk on the night and scored five runs. Lusson had two doubles and two RBI. All of these numbers were career-highs for the Austin native.

Connor Rowe had 3 RBI in a 3-for-5 effort that included his third double of the season. Travis Tucker and Brandon Loy also registered two hits apiece, and Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run of the season.

Texas scored multiple runs in five out of eight innings it batted and the Longhorns’ 15 hits in the game tied a season-high.

Texas starter Brandon Workman pitched 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Reliever Stayton Thomas (2-0) was credited with the win. The sophomore right-hander went 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out two. Freshman Andrew McKirahan threw 2.0 innings to close out the game for the Longhorns. The left-hander did not surrender a run on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.

Texas Recap

Texas State Recap

#12 Arkansas 8 #11 Oklahoma 7

FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore Brett Eibner continues to play his best baseball as he hit two home runs and won the game with a bases loaded walk, leading the No. 7 Arkansas Razorback baseball team to an 8-7 victory over the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners in 10 innings at Baum Stadium on Tuesday night.

Eibner hit his first home run in the second inning, a towering shot to right field and as exciting as that was for the fans, he would save his dramatics for later. With one out in the bottom of the ninth and Arkansas down by two, Eibner would hit his second home run into the Arkansas bullpen drawing huge cheers from the 8,212 in attendance and tie the game at seven. An inning later he would work an 0-2 count into a bases loaded walk after fouling off six pitches with two strikes to win the game.

“This was a good win for us,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “I told the team after Sunday’s game that it was a win that could take them a long way and that carried over to today.”

It was a see-saw game as there were three lead changes and two ties over the 10 innings. Oklahoma would score first but Eibner’s first home run gave the Razorbacks their first lead in the second. The Sooners would regain the lead in the third, but a Zack Cox home run tied the game in the fourth. Oklahoma took another lead in the eighth and extended it in the ninth, but Eibner tied the game for a second time in the bottom of the ninth and won it with his walk in the 10th.

Oklahoma Recap
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#17 Texas A&M 4 #18 TCU 3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Joe Patterson delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift 15th-ranked Texas A&M to a 4-3 win over No. 15 TCU in 10 innings Tuesday night before 3,507 fans at Olsen Field.

With one out in the 10th, Luke Anders drew a four-pitch walk. Following a pitching change and a pop out, Kevin Gonzalez walked as well to move anders into scoring position. Patterson then lined the first pitch from Horned Frog reliever Kaleb Merck back through the box and past the diving second baseman, scoring Anders with the game winner.

Anders gave A&M (29-15) a chance to pull off the extra-inning win in the eighth, delivering a line-drive solo home run to right center that erased a one-run TCU lead. Aggie reliever Nick Fleece then quelched a TCU rally in the ninth inning when, after allowing a one-out double, got a pair of fly-ball outs to push the game to the last of the ninth.

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#23 Kansas State 10 North Dakota 2

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State broke open a two-run game with six runs in the eighth inning, propelling head coach Brad Hill to his 600th-career victory as the 16th-ranked Wildcats downed North Dakota, 10-2, Tuesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 32-11-1 this season, just three victories shy of tying the single-season school record. The Fighting Sioux fell to 10-24 overall in their first transition year into Division I.

With Kansas State holding a 4-2 lead going into the eighth, the Cats plated six runs on five hits to run away with the game. Jordan Cruz led off the frame with a walk before back-to-back singles by Rob Vaughn and Dane Yelovich produced a run.

Kansas State Recap
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#26 Oklahoma State 6 UT Arlington 2

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State used a big third inning to snap a two-game losing skid Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the 26th-ranked Cowboys topped Texas-Arlington by a 6-2 margin.

With the win, OSU improved to 29-17. The Cowboys are 19-7 on their home field this season.

Tyrone Hambly and Kevin David led the OSU offense as that duo combined for five of the Cowboys’ nine hits and three RBIs.

David finished the contest 3-for-4, and with hits in his first three at bats, extended a string of consecutive at bats with a hit to seven. With a groundout in his final at bat of the game, David’s consecutive-hits streak ended at seven, just three shy of Roberto Lopez’ school record of 10 consecutive hits.

Oklahoma State Recap
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Kansas 11 Chicago State 5
Kansas 9 Chicago State 1

Junior David Narodowski recorded two hits and four RBIs, while junior Brett Bollman tossed six shutout innings as Kansas earned its second-straight doubleheader sweep with a 9-1 victory over Chicago State Tuesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark. KU won the first game of the doubleheader, 11-5.

The Jayhawks improve to 31-15 overall, winning their 11th-straight midweek game. The Cougars fall to 3-35. KU also improved to 23-3 at Hoglund Ballpark this season, marking its best season at home since the 1994 Jayhawks went 25-5 at the Hog.

After rallying for an 11-5 win in the first game, KU put the Cougars away early in the nightcap, scoring runs in six of their eight at bats and rode the pitching of Bollman.

Bollman, a junior who served as a middle reliever last season, improved to 5-0 by tossing six scoreless innings and struck out a career high eight. The 5-foot-10 righty allowed just four singles and did not issue a walk.

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Missouri 7 Eastern Illinois 4

O’FALLON, Mo.- – Mizzou won its fourth-straight game as it picked up a 7-4 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday in the Tigers’ annual `Wood Bat Classic’ at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. The Tigers utilized the staff pitching approach which they have perfected this season. Nine MU pitchers took the mound on Tuesday, as the Tigers improved to 11-3 when using the pitcher-by-committee plan.

Senior Steve Gray matched a career-high with four hits on Tuesday night, finishing 4-for-4 with two RBI. Junior Greg Folgia added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, and junior Aaron Senne had a pair of hits, including a two-run home run.

Gray’s first hit was an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning, which drove in Folgia. Folgia and junior Trevor Coleman each drew walks to open the second. Coleman scored the second run of the inning when sophomore Ryan Ampleman reached on an error.

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Nebraska 4 New Mexico 2

Lincoln – Behind a complete-game gem from senior Erik Bird, Nebraska posted a 4-2 victory over New Mexico Tuesday evening at Hawks Field.

Bird (2-1) scattered seven hits and fanned two over a 143-pitch performance, as limited a Lobo offense which led the nation in batting average (.371) and ranked sixth in runs per game (9.7) to their second-lowest offensive output of the year. Only San Diego State All-American Stephen Strasburg, who is projected to No held the Lobos (31-13) to fewer runs, as he shut out New Mexico, 1-0, on April 17.

Bird, who went a career-long 9.1 innings in his last outing at Creighton last Tuesday, allowed a pair of first inning runs before settling down and effectively worked out of several jams on the night

“I’m just as happy as can be for him,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “He’s had a rough go this year and some tough times, but to see him do that and to just keep going. Two quality starts and doing something like that, we’ll see if we can find a spot for him within the weekend. He wanted to keep going, and I wanted him to keep going and there wasn’t even hesitation for him.”

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