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Kansas State Announces 2008 Schedule

Head coach Brad Hill announced the 2008 baseball schedule on Thursday.FROM PRESS RELEASE
Ten teams that qualified for the 2007 NCAA tournament, including two that advanced to the College World Series, highlights a 56-game slate as the 2008 Kansas State baseball schedule was announced by head coach Brad Hill on Thursday.

Of the 56 games, 29 make up one of the most exciting home schedules in recent memory, which features 20 games against opponents that advanced to regional play in 2007 and three against College World Series participants UC-Irvine and Arizona State.

“This is one of the tougher schedules we’ve put together since I’ve been here,” said Hill, who is entering his fifth year at the helm of the program. “We wanted to challenge our kids more and prepare ourselves for postseason play, and this schedule should give us a good indication of where this program is at.”

The 2008 season gets underway on Feb. 22 in Berkeley, Calif., as the Wildcats will have two games with California – one of three Pac 10 teams on the schedule – and Santa Clara. Following the trip to Berkeley, K-State travels to Beaumont, Texas, on Feb. 28-March 2, for games with Arkansas State, Michigan State and host school Lamar. The Wildcats will then make a four-hour trip west for two games at UT-San Antonio.

Kansas State opens up its home schedule with four games against MAAC champion and NCAA tournament qualifier LeMoyne on March 7-9, followed by one game against Washington State on March 11 before opening up conference play on March 14-16 against Nebraska. The conference opener against Nebraska at Tointon Stadium marks the first time since 2002 that the Wildcats have opened conference play at home.

Following a two-game series in Provo, Utah, against Brigham Young on March 18 and 19, the Wildcats will begin a nine-game home stand – their longest of the season – with three games against Binghamton on March 21-23, one game against Creighton on March 26, its second conference opponent in Oklahoma State on March 28-30, and a two-game series against Central Arkansas on April 1 and 2.

K-State will hit the road in conference play for the first time on April 4-6 as it heads to College Station to take on Texas A&M, the first of seven-straight games against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament. Following the three in College Station, K-State will host Wichita State on April 8 and Baylor on April 11-13, before heading to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton on April 15.

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Texas 19 KSU 10!

Texas scored 10 runs in the third inning and went on to post a 19-10 win
over Kansas State Wednesday afternoon in game two of the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12

Trailing 4-1, Texas (43-14) 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Danks and Kyle
Russell led off the 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) scored first 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 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.



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Kansas State drops Texas

No. 10 Texas allowed season highs for runs (11) and hits (17) as the Longhorns dropped an 11-9 decision to Kansas State in Big 12 Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas jumped out to a 3-1 lead with single runs in each of the first three innings. Bradley Suttle broke the scoring seal with a sacrifice fly to drive in Chance Wheeless in the first inning. In the second inning, Nick Peoples plated Preston Clark with a single. Kansas State scored its first run in the top of the third as an infield grounder pushed Eddie Vasquez across. Texas responded with a run in the bottom half of the third as Suttle hit his eighth home run of the season over the Horns’ bullpen in leftfield.

Kansas State took its first lead of the three-game series with a five-run fifth inning. Adam Muenster, J.J. Muse and Eddie Vasquez each singled to load the bases. Rob Vaughn followed with a grand slam home run, his first dinger of the year. With two outs, Drew Biery followed with a solo home run to give the Wildcats a 6-3 lead.

Texas responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning featured a three-run triple by Preston Clark. The Longhorns also scored runs on a sacrifice fly by Josh Prince, a bases loaded hit by pitch drawn by Kyle Russell and a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Travis Tucker, staking Texas to a 9-6 lead.

Kansas State trimmed two runs off the lead in the seventh. Vaughn and Derek Bunker singled to leadoff the inning and a groundout by Jordan Cruz pushed runners to second and third setting up a sacrifice fly by Biery and an RBI single by Justin Bloxom, cutting the UT lead to 9-8.

The Wildcats reclaimed the lead with three runs in the seventh. In the inning, Kansas State scored runs on two separate throwing errors and an RBI single by Biery to take an 11-9 lead.

Daniel Edwards pitched the final two innings for Kansas State, allowing just one hit while striking out three to earn his seventh save of the season.

Randy Boone (0-5) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed five runs on five hits and one walk over 1.1 innings.

Justin Murray (2-2) earned the win in relief allowing two runs on three hits and four walks over three innings.

Texas was paced by Suttle who went 2-for-3 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Preston Clark added two runs and three RBI.

The Longhorns could not find the answer for the Wildcats’ bottom of the order as their No. 8 and 9 hitters combined to go 6-for-8 with six runs and four RBI. No. 9 hitter Vaughn went 4-for-4 with one double, one home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Vasquez, hitting eighth in the lineup, went 2-for-4 with three runs. Kansas State also got solid hitting performances from Biery who went 2-for-4 with one home run, one run and three RBI and Bloxom who was 3-for-5 with one run.

The Longhorns return to action on Tuesday as Texas hosts Rice in a 6:05 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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Texas beats Kansas State, 14-3, for ninth straight win!

No. 10 Texas used 10 extra-base hits to post a 14-3 win over Kansas State in Big 12 baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The win was Texas’ ninth straight and moved the Longhorns to 22-7 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 action. Kansas State fell to 17-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Travis Tucker led UT’s offense going 4-for-4 with one triple, one double, one stolen base, three runs scored and two RBI. Preston Clark went 2-for-4 with one double and three RBI. Chance Wheeless, Bradley Suttle and Josh Prince chipped in with two hits apiece.

Kyle Russell’s torrid home run pace continued as he hit his 15th on the season. He has hit a home run in five consecutive Big 12 games and now holds the Longhorns’ record for most homers by a sophomore.

On the mound, Adrian Alaniz (7-1) scattered three hits and one walk over seven shutout innings while striking out six to earn the victory.

Texas scored two runs in a first inning in which the Longhorns batted out of order. Tucker hit a leadoff single. Wheeless, who was supposed to bat third, singled to put runners at the corners. Jordan Danks, who was slated to bat second, hit an RBI single to plate Tucker. Suttle drove in Wheeless with a single. The batting out of order infraction was not caught until the second inning so all the at-bats were official, staking Texas to a 2-0 lead.

The Longhorns added three runs each in the second and third inning. The second inning featured an RBI triple by Tucker and a two-run single by Clark. The third inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Nick Peoples and a two-run single by Wheeless, inflating the Texas cushion to 8-0.

Texas tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Russell and an RBI single by Tucker.

A triple by Suttle followed by a ground-rule double by Clark accounted for a run in the fifth inning and the Longhorns owned on an 11-0 lead.

Texas finished its scoring with three runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-run triple by Jeff Boes and an RBI double by Clint Stubbs.

For the second consecutive night, Kansas State rallied for three runs in the ninth inning. Drew Biery hit a two-run single driving in Eddie Vasquez and Daniel Dellasega and J.J. Muse plated Biery with a sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats’ offense was paced by Derek Bunker who went 3-for-4. Biery went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI.

Chase Bayuk (2-1) was saddled with the loss for Kansas State. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three Longhorns over 2.1 innings.

In addition to the 10 extra-base hits, Texas drew 10 walks and was hit by two pitches in the contest.

Texas and Kansas State wrap up the three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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Texas beats Kansas State 10-3!

The three hits off Preston Clark’s bat weren’t game-changing.

They were just needed on a personal level.

No Longhorn was in search of a big day like Clark, the starting catcher, and he found one Friday in Texas’ 10-3 victory over Kansas State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Clark went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, including a home run in the fifth inning that gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

“This feels great. I really needed this,” said Clark, who entered the game hitting .273 after a slump ate away at his formerly .400-plus average. “The past month has been difficult. I really didn’t feel comfortable with my swing, and I was thinking a lot at the plate.”

Goodbye struggles. Goodbye slump.

Hello confidence.

“I knew he was ready to break out,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “It was just a matter of time.”

Clark and Bradley Suttle, whose three-run homer in the fifth inning gave the Horns a 6-0 lead, provided plenty of offense for starter James Russell (5-2), who gave up five hits and three runs, all scored in the ninth inning.

Russell had faced just 26 batters heading into the ninth inning, getting five strikeouts in the process. “If you hit your spots in the early innings, it’s easier to get them to chase pitches later on in the game,” he said.

He had help when the Wildcats (17-5, 0-1 Big 12) did make contact.

Right fielder Kyle Russell made a couple of great plays, including a diving catch in the sixth inning, and every time the Wildcats hit a ball hard, a Longhorn was there to catch it.

“They go get the ball,” Kansas State coach Brad Hill said of the Texas outfielders. “It’s not easy to get a hit. If the ball’s in the air, they’re going to get to it. We’re going to have to hit the ball a little lower and a little farther.”

It’s been that way all season.

“I think you are going to see that all year,” said Garrido, whose team will go for its ninth straight victory today at 2 p.m. against Kansas State. “There aren’t going to be many teams who are more athletic than us.”

Texas, on the other hand, didn’t struggle to get hits.

The Longhorns (21-7, 4-0) pounded out 12 hits and have reached double-digit totals in hits 18 times this season. It was ninth time the team scored 10 or more runs.

Kyle Russell hit his 14th home run — a two-run blast in the seventh — to tie the school record for home runs hit in a season by a sophomore.

Suttle had two hits.

But Clark’s hits show everybody in the lineup is swinging the bat well.

“I think I’m finally out of my slump,” he said. “Getting out of a slump is not easy. But me and (Nick) Peoples have been taking extra swings and spending more time in the batting cages trying to work on things.”

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