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Russell ties UT Baseball season home run record !

Russell Moldenhauer doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth as Texas beat Kansas 6-5 on Saturday.

Texas (28-10, 9-3 Big 12) tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh on a home run by Kyle Russell, his second of the game and 20th of the season.

Kansas (18-20, 4-8) had tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth. Robby Price singled to score Buck Afenir, Brock Simpson drove in two runs and Erik Morrison had an RBI double.

Kansas took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Kyle Murphy singled home Preston Land.

Randy Boone (1-5) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win, and Kansas reliever Paul Smyth (2-2) was the losing pitcher.

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Texas drops game two against Kansas

No. 6 Texas allowed seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, in a 14-6 loss to Kansas in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Adrian Alaniz (8-2), who entered the game tied for the national lead for wins with eight, was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.

Russell Moldenhauer led the Longhorns’ offense, going 2-for-2 with a triple. Jordan Danks and Chance Wheeless each hit solo home runs.

Texas (27-10, 8-3) was doomed by a six-run fourth inning by Kansas and struggled to get back into the contest. The Jayhawks’ fourth inning featured a solo home run by Casey Larson, his second of the game and RBI singles by Ryne Price and Eric Snowden. The six-run inning gave Kansas a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.

The Longhorns put up single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but those runs were negated by a two-run bottom of the sixth for Kansas, giving the Jayhawks a 12-6 margin heading into the last third of the game.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wheeless and scored on a double to the wall in left centerfield by Bradley Suttle.

Kansas (18-19, 4-7) gained the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Kyle Murphy lead off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robby Price. A fielding error by Suttle on a ground ball to third base by John Allman put runners at the corners. Brock Simpson singled to left centerfield, driving in Murphy with a game-tying run and Erik Morrison followed with a go-ahead single to centerfield, plating Allman.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Larson delivered a home run over the wall in dead centerfield to inflate the Jayhawks’ lead to 3-1.

A pair of wild pitches by Alaniz led to a Kansas run in the third. With one out, Alaniz fanned Morrison, but a wild pitch on strike three put him on base. A groundout to first base by Ryne Prince moved Morrison to second. He stole third and scored on another wild pitch by Alaniz, staking Kansas to a 4-1 lead.

Nick Peoples hit an RBI triple and Josh Prince plated Peoples with a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth to cut the Kansas lead to 4-3 before the floodgates opened.

Texas and Kansas conclude the three-game series at Hoglund Park on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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Texas takes game one of series at Kansas, 11-6!

No. 7 Texas used a five-run eighth inning to break away from Kansas and post an 11-6 win in Big 12 Conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Ahead 6-4 entering the top of the eighth, Texas (27-9, 8-2) sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Nick Peoples hit a leadoff home run over the wall in left centerfield to start the rally. Russell Moldenhauer hit a pinch-hit double to the gap in left centerfield and Jordan Danks followed with a single to plate pinch runner Michael Demperio. After Chance Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to swap places with Danks at first, Kyle Russell hit a triple down the rightfield line to add the third run of the inning. Bradley Suttle hit a sacrifice fly to plate Russell. Preston Clark and Travis Tucker walked setting up an RBI single through the left side of the infield by Josh Prince and Texas left its half of the inning with an 11-4 lead.

Texas pounced on the Jayhawks early with a run in the first inning. Danks drew a walk to start the inning. Wheeless grounded into a fielder’s choice to take Danks spot at first base, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Suttle through the left side of the infield.

Kansas (17-19, 3-7) claimed the lead in the bottom half of the second. After an infield single by Erik Morrison, Ryne Price was hit by a pitch and Buck Alenir hit a two-run double down the leftfield line, staking Kansas to a 2-1 lead.

Texas regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Wheeless doubled off the wall in right centerfield. Russell singled to rightfield, plating Wheeless and moved to third on an error by KU’s rightfielder Brock Simpson. Suttle drove in Russell with a groundout to third base, giving UT a 3-2 advantage.

The Longhorns tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth. Wheeless hit a leadoff double down the rightfield line. With one out, Suttle drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Clark plated Wheeless with a double to leftfield and Tucker pushed Suttle across with a groundout, inflating the cushion to 5-2.

Kansas shaved a pair of runs off the lead with a two-run home run by Brock Simpson over the wall in right centerfield, trimming the Texas lead to 5-4.

In the sixth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chais Fuller and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks, pushing the lead to 6-4.

Kansas made a late charge with two runs in the bottom of the eighth scoring on sacrifice flies by Ryne Price and Alenir.

Wheeless went 2-for-6 with four runs scored and two doubles. It marked the fourth time on the season and the second consecutive game that Wheeless logged two doubles in a game. Peoples went 3-for-5 with one home run and two runs scored. Suttle drove in three runs giving him seven RBI over the last two games. Russell and Danks each added two hits and two RBI.

Robby Price led Kansas’ offense going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Alenir was 1-for-3 with three RBI.

James Russell (7-2) earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Nick Czyz (2-5) was saddled with the loss for Kansas. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Texas and Kansas return Hoglund Park for game two of the series Friday at 3 p.m.

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Texas bats too much for UTSA!

The Texas Longhorns gave up three home runs Tuesday but they were able to hit two themselves.

They gave up a grand slam. And they hit one.

They gave up 14 hits. They got 15.

For every large number the University of Texas-San Antonio offense put up Tuesday, the Longhorns matched them.

It was enough. Barely.

The Longhorns came away with a 14-9 victory in front of 4,560 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“There was a lot of adversity in this game. It’s not always going to be smooth, and it’s never going to be the same game twice,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.

Texas fell behind early as starter Kyle Walker struggled, giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The Longhorns came back quickly thanks to Bradley Suttle, whose season would be receiving more attention if it weren’t for Kyle Russell’s home-run barrage.

Suttle turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead when he lifted an 0-1 pitch over the right-field fence for a grand slam in the third inning.

“I think that’s the first one of my career,” said Suttle, who sparked a seven-run third to give the Horns a 7-4 lead. “I know it’s the first one in college. And I can’t remember if I had one in high school.”

He can’t remember?

“Nope,” Suttle said. “That probably means I didn’t have one.”

But Suttle is having a season to remember, leading the Longhorns (26-9) in batting average (.424) and RBIs (43).

Not to be outdone, Russell belted his 18th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a fly that cleared the left-field fence, putting him two away from tying Jeff Ontiveros’ single-season record of 20.

“Suttle’s the guy who should be getting all the attention,” said Russell, whose homer put the Horns up 9-4. “He’s been doing this all season.”

Suttle’s home run helped Walker, who retired the first five batters he faced, a development Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson called a “step in the right direction.”

It also helped Hunter Harris (2-0), who pitched for the first time since March 6, going three innings and giving up three runs on six hits.

UTSA (17-12) made it a one-run game in the sixth inning, when Michael Rockett cleared the bases with a grand slam off Austin Wood. The ball landed just right of the scoreboard

“Whoever is teaching the hitting over there is doing one heck of a job,” said Garrido, whose Horns have given up 23 runs to the Roadrunners over the past two meetings.

Johnson was positive his staff moved in the right direction Tuesday, including a good inning from right-hander Drew Bishop, who pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance as a Longhorn.

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Oklahoma 5, Texas 2

Aaron Reza went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Joseph Hughes gave up two runs on six hits as Oklahoma defeated Texas 5-2 on Sunday.

Oklahoma (21-9, 3-3 Big 12) took a 1-0 lead in the third on Joe Dunigan’s RBI single to left field. Texas (25-9, 7-2) came back and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Kyle Russell hit a sacrifice fly to score Jordan Danks and Preston Clark got his fourth homer of the season.

But the Sooners rallied with three runs in the fifth. Aaron Baker had a single to left field to score Aaron Ivey. Reza hit a two-run single up the middle. The inning ended when Reza was called out while trying to steal second.

Jackson Williams added a run in the eighth with his second home run of the season.

Hughes (5-1) struck out three and walked one in five innings. Nich Conaway picked up his second save of the season for the Sooners as he struck out four and allowed one hit in four innings of relief.

Reliever Keith Shinaberry (0-2) took the loss for Texas. He gave up one run on one hit in 2-3 inning.

Danks went 3-for-3 for the Longhorns.

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OU Drops Game Two to Texas

Adrian Alaniz pitched his second complete game of the season propelling No. 9 Texas to a 3-1 win over No. 17 Oklahoma in Big 12 Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The victory marked the 15th consecutive time the Longhorns have beaten the Sooners on the turf at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with OU’s last win in Austin coming on March 29, 1997.

Alaniz (8-1) yielded just one run on three hits while striking out five over nine innings to earn the win. He allowed singles in the third and sixth inning and was headed to his second shutout of the season before Kyle Russell lost a ball in the rightfield sun turning a fly out by Mike Gosse into a triple. Oklahoma (20-9, 2-3 Big 12) converted with Jarod Freeman grounding out to short, plating Gosse and trimming the Texas lead to 3-1.

The game was scoreless for six and half innings before the Longhorns drew first blood in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Jordan Danks singled up the middle stole second base and scored on a single by through the left side of the infield by Bradley Suttle. The Sooners intentionally walked Kyle Russell allowing Preston Clark to deliver a two-run single down the leftfield line staking Texas to a 3-0 advantage.

Texas (25-8, 7-1 Big 12) had opportunities to get on the board early, but the Sooners’ ace Heath Taylor was able to get out of multiple jams and the Longhorns stranded 13 runners on the base paths for the game, including two each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Texas also left the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Taylor (5-1) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six Longhorns.

Danks was the lone player in the game to post multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and he also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Texas looks to complete the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk slated for 1 p.m.

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Texas beats Oklahoma 4-3

Kyle Russell went long.

Chance Wheeless went short.

The Texas pitchers successfully went in and out.

And it all mattered.

The Longhorns needed every advantage they could get Friday, as they played long ball and small ball to upend Oklahoma 4-3 in the opener of a three-game Big 12 Conference baseball series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“When it’s a one-run game, everything kind of plays into it,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “You really can’t separate one thing from the other.”

Every time Texas (24-8, 6-1 Big 12) went ahead, Oklahoma (20-8, 2-2) came back.

Wheeless, the team’s best bunter, took a chance and laid down a perfect bunt single with two outs and the bases loaded to give Texas a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

“It wasn’t the typical situation to bunt in — bases loaded, two outs — and nobody was expecting it,” Wheeless said. “So with a good bunt and reasonable speed, anybody can make it to first.”

Garrido said it was a heads-up play.

“If the player doesn’t put that on himself, it never works,” said Garrido, who will send Adrian Alaniz to the mound at 2 p.m. today to face the Sooners. “If I put it on, it scares the hell out of them.”

Oklahoma came right back in the third with a home run from Joseph Hughes.

The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Russell laid into a pitch and became just the 32nd person in Disch-Falk history to hit a home run over the center-field monster.

As Russell was heading back to the dugout after his 17th homer of the season, he got a hug from catcher Preston Clark, who accomplished the feat earlier this year.

Was it a welcome-to-the-club hug for something so few have accomplished?

“No, I don’t think so,” Russell said. “That’s just how Preston and I roll. We’re good like that. We’re always attached at the hip.”

That was enough for Texas’ James Russell (6-2), who pitched five-plus innings before turning it over to the bullpen, as the Horns’ staff outdueled Oklahoma starter Stephen Porlier (4-2).

Porlier helped the Longhorns extend the lead in the seventh.

With Jordan Danks on third, Porlier briefly pulled his hands apart while standing on the mound. The balk gave Texas a 4-2 lead.

“What was unfortunate about that is we were getting ready to have him step off because we were going to (Nich) Conway right there,” Oklahoma coach Sunny Galloway said. “I was up, tipping the cap, getting ready to go, and I heard, ‘Balk.’ ”

That was the advantage Texas needed as Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to give up one run in the final three innings.

McCrory’s 1 2/3 innings allowed the Horns to use Shinaberry against left-handed power hitter Joe Dunigan in the eighth inning with a runner on base. Shinaberry struck him out and handed the ball over to Boone, who picked up his eighth save.

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Longhorns beat Rice 6-4!

Rice coach Wayne Graham had one thing to say about the Texas Longhorns.

“If their pitching comes around, they are the best team in the country,” Graham said. “I don’t think there is any doubt about that.”

The Horns are well served by their ability to overcome mistakes and bad innings. Said Travis Tucker, above: ‘No one inning is more important than the others.’

And that was after Texas committed three errors Tuesday.

That also was after the Longhorns were held to eight hits and six runs, both below average.

Despite all that, the ninth-ranked Longhorns beat the eighth-ranked Owls for the 10th consecutive time, winning 6-4 in front of 5,133 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“It’s because they did those things and they still won,” Graham said. “We walked a couple of batters and hit a couple of batters. But even something as little as that means you’re not going to beat a team like Texas.”

The Longhorns didn’t play the perfect game, but they always had an answer.

Rice took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, when Kyle Russell misplayed a fly ball by Rice’s Chad Lembeck with a runner on first. Russell picked up the ball and, as Lembeck raced around the bases, threw it into the Longhorns’ dugout for an unearned inside-the-park home run.

Texas responded as Travis Tucker led off the bottom of the inning with a single, and was driven home on a double by first baseman Chance Wheeless, who was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

“I think all of us are feeling really good at the plate,” said Wheeless, who raised his batting average to .380. “We put in a lot of work, and I think all that effort is really showing up in our ability to hit the ball and our offense.”

Wheeless helped Texas (23-8) add to the lead in the sixth inning with a single up the middle that scored Nick Peoples.

It was 5-2 after six innings, but Wheeless helped the Owls (19-10) jump back into the game.

With runners on first and second and one out in the seventh, Wheeless failed to come up with a ground ball by Jess Buenger, helping Rice cut the lead to 5-4.

“That ball was really spinning on me, and I thought I came up with it,” Wheeless said. “It was just one of those things.”

Texas designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer responded in the bottom half of the inning by hitting his second home run of the season.

“One of the reasons we are able to respond so much is every practice we practice playing every inning individually,” Tucker said. “No one inning is more important than the others.”

As for the errors, Texas coach Augie Garrido isn’t too worried.

“Those things happen. It’s baseball,” Garrido said. “The players are going to make mistakes, and then they’ve got to clean them up.”

Like the pitching staff, which struggled against Kansas State on Sunday, giving up 11 runs and 17 hits.

Tuesday was different, as Austin Wood (4-0), Pat McCrory, Joseph Krebs and Randy Boone, who got his seventh save, allowed just six hits and one walk. They also didn’t give up an earned run.

“Losing is going to happen,” said Wood, who gave up three hits and two unearned runs in 5 2/3 innings. “We just have to come out here, forget about it and get re-energized. And that’s what we did.”

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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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