Texas 9 Kansas 3
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The No. 5 Texas Longhorns turned a complete-game effort by Chance Ruffin into a 9-3 win over Kansas Jayhawks in round robin action at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday afternoon.
With the win, Texas moved to 1-1 in round robin action and Kansas fell to 0-2. Texas needs a win by Kansas State over Baylor on Thursday evening and a UT win over Kansas State on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s title game.
Ruffin (9-2) threw 129 pitches for his second complete-game of the season. He yielded three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Longhorns, who have outscored opponents 41-7 in the first inning this season, pounced on the Jayhawks for two runs in the top of the first inning. Michael Torres hit a leadoff single through the right side, moved to second base on a sacrifice by Travis Tucker and scored on a home run to rightfield by Brandon Belt to stake the Horns to the 2-0 lead.
Texas (39-13-1) added four more runs in the top of the fourth. With one out, Russell Moldenhauer singled to the gap in left centerfield and Kevin Keyes walked. Brandon Loy plated Moldenhauer with a single to right centerfield. With runners on the corners, Cameron Rupp delivered a death blow with a three-run tater over the fence in right centerfield and the Horns owned a 6-0 lead.
Kansas State 9 Baylor 4 9th