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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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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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Texas wins seventh in a row with 5-3 decision over Texas State!

Austin Wood and Randy Boone combined to allow only one run over 8.1 innings of relief as No. 10 Texas posted a 5-3 win over Texas State in collegiate baseball action Tuesday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Wood (3-0) allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out one over 5.2 innings to earn the victory. Boone earned his sixth save of the season, allowing one hit while fanning five Bobcats over 2.2 innings.

Texas State (16-8) drew first blood with two runs in the first inning. Thomas Field and Laurn Randell drew walks to start the inning and David Wood plated both with a double to the wall in left centerfield.

Texas (20-7) trimmed the lead to 2-1 when Russell Moldenhauer hit his first career home run, a laser over the wall in left centerfield in the second inning.

The Longhorns took the lead with two runs in the third inning. Travis Tucker hit a leadoff single up the middle, stole second base and scored on a single by Chance Wheeless. With one out, Jordan Danks singled stole second base and scored on a single by Kyle Russell, staking Texas to a 3-2 lead.

Texas added two more runs in the fourth inning. Josh Prince was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Lewis, moved to third on an infield single by Kyle Lusson and scored on a wild pitch. The wild pitch allowed Lusson to move to third and he scored on a bunt single by Tucker.

The Bobcats made a late run at the Longhorns in the seventh. Singles by Elliott Babcock and Casey Guest sandwiched around a strikeout by Gerry Cervantez put runners at the corners. Boone came in to relieve Wood with one out and committed a balk on his second pitch, allowing Babcock to score. Field singled to once again put runners at the corners, but Field was caught stealing and Boone retired Randell on a strikeout for the final out.

B.J. Boening (0-2) was saddled with the loss for Texas State. He allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 2.2 innings.

Texas returns to action on Friday with the Longhorns hosting Kansas State in a 6:05 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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Kyle Russell hits two homers as Texas completes sweep of Baylor, 8-3!

Kyle Russell had three RBIs on two home runs Sunday to help lead Texas to an 8-3 victory over Baylor.

Brad Suttle hit an RBI double and Russell followed with his first homer of the afternoon to give Texas (19-7, 3-0 Big 12) a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Texas added a run in the fifth on a triple by Chance Wheeless and another in the sixth on Russell’s solo homer.

The game was the fourth this year in which Russell hit two home runs.

The Longhorns got their final three runs in the eighth. Suttle singled to score Wheeless and then scored on a throwing error. Russell scored on a single by Josh Prince.

Chase Gerdes homered for Baylor (12-10, 0-3) in the fifth. Seth Hammock hit an RBI single in the sixth and Tim Jackson scored on a throwing error for the other Bear runs.

Joseph Krebs (4-0) gave up one run on five hits an struck out two in five innings for Texas.

Randall Linebaugh (2-2) took the loss for Baylor, giving up five runs on six hits in seven innings.

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Texas pops Baylor with 11 runs in 2-inning stretch.

All Baylor needed was a strike. One pitch over the plate and the inning would have been over.

Texas still would have trailed 2-0. The Bears would have been coming to bat. But what appeared to be a strike was called a ball. Then there was a walk . . . and another walk . . . and a single.

Eight batters later, Texas led 7-2.

Game over.

Texas turned everything around in the third inning Saturday, flipping a rough start into an easy 14-2 victory by taking advantage of a small opportunity at Baylor Ballpark.

It all came with two outs.

“This tells you something about our team,” said Bradley Suttle, whose 11-pitch at bat in the third inning keyed the rally. “We had a few good at-bats. Then we got a couple of hits. Our team can hit. Then we relaxed a little bit and let loose.”

With two outs in the third, Chance Wheeless singled, Jordan Danks walked and so did Suttle, who fought off a bunch of pitches and escaped a couple of close calls that went Texas’ way.

Then the rally began.

Kyle Russell worked the count to 3-2 before singling up the middle to tie the game at 2. Russell Moldenhauer doubled just inside the first-base line, scoring Suttle. Josh Prince followed with a two-run double. Preston Clark walked. Nick Peoples and Travis Tucker each followed with RBI singles.

“The at-bats right through there were spectacular,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “The walks. Bradley turned his at-bat around. (Kyle) Russell working the count full and waiting for his pitch to hit. It was the best hitting.”

The Horns (18-7, 2-0 Big 12) poured it on in the next inning, scoring four more runs as Suttle, who hit two right-handed home runs, and Kyle Russell hit back-to-back homers.

“I’ve been struggling right-handed,” Suttle said. “I haven’t been getting as many right-handed at-bats. But I worked on it a little extra today and earlier this week. I guess it paid off.”

It was Russell’s 11th home run of the season. Baylor (12-9, 0-2) has 10 home runs this year.

The 14 runs were the most Baylor had allowed at home since 1998 and the 12-run loss was the Bears’ worst in the nine-year history of Baylor Ballpark.

The sizeable gap was made possible by Texas right-hander Adrian Alaniz, who fought off a shaky start that led to two first-inning runs and went seven strong innings to improve to 6-1.

Alaniz’ calming down after the first inning, and Baylor starter Kendal Volz’ losing control in the third was the difference.

“The difference in experience really showed,” Baylor coach Steve Smith said. “We had a young pitcher on the mound, and he was able to get to two strikes a couple of times in the third inning, but then he made some mistakes. On the other hand, Alaniz struggled early but turned it around.”

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Garrido earns career victory No. 1,600 in Texas’ 3-2 win over Baylor!

Four Longhorns’ pitchers combined to allow just four hits as No. 10 Texas posted a 3-2 victory over Baylor in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

The triumph marked win No. 1,600 for UT head coach Augie Garrido as he became the first Division I coach to ever reach the mark. He is also only one of two collegiate coaches on any level to reach the milestone joining Gordie Gillespie who has won over 1,700 games at Lewis, Ripon and St. Francis (Ill.).

James Russell (4-2) yielded just two unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four Bears over 6.2 innings to earn the win. Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to pitch 2.1 innings of perfect relief with four strikeouts. McCrory retired the only batter he faced and Shinaberry and Boone had identical lines striking out two each over their hitless innings. Boone picked up his fifth save of the season.

The Bears pounced on the Longhorns with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Ben Booker reached base on a throwing error by UT shortstop Josh Prince to start out the inning. A single by Beamer Weems, who advanced to second base on the throw, put runners at second and third. Aaron Miller plated Booker with a groundout to second base and Tim Jackson drove in Weems with a sacrifice fly, staking the Bears to a 2-0 lead.

Russell hit his 10th home run of the season over the rightfield fence in the fourth inning to shave the Baylor lead to 2-1.

Texas took the lead in the fifth inning. With one out, Travis Tucker reached on an infield single and moved to third on a mishandled pickoff attempt. Chance Wheeless hit a sacrifice fly to score Tucker with the tying run. Jordan Danks followed with a solo home run down the rightfield line to put the Longhorns ahead 3-2.

Baylor was threatening to score in the seventh inning as Jeff Russell was cruising on the mound before issuing a two-out walk to Chase Gerdes and a double to Matt Sodolak, but McCrory entered the game and retired Raynor Campbell with a groundout to get out of the jam.

Jeff Mandell (2-4) was saddled with the loss for Baylor. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three Longhorns over 6.1 innings.

Wheeless and Russell Moldenhauer had two hits apiece for Texas.

The series moves to Waco for game two on Saturday. First pitch at Baylor Ballpark is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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Texas pitching, defense strong in 7-1 Victory!

Hello pitching. Hello defense.

You’re exactly what Texas wanted to see in its final tuneup before Big 12 play opens Friday against Baylor.

Like Kyle Walker coming back after a month-plus layoff to pitch three innings of one-run baseball. Or Pat McCrory needing just 10 pitches to get through two innings. Or left-handed reliever Keith Shinaberry completing another successful outing from the bullpen.

Texas pitchers showed during Wednesday night’s 7-1 win over Winthrop that Augie Garrido has options in the bullpen.

“Our pitching is really starting to find its way into a pitching staff,” Garrido said after watching five pitchers combine on the three-hitter.

It helps that McCrory and Shinaberry have each had two straight successful outings.

“They’re certainly going to be used on the weekends,” Garrido said after each pitched two scoreless innings.

But seeing Walker on the mound was Wednesday’s biggest bonus.

Walker, who experienced control problems early in the season and hadn’t pitched since Feb. 10, switched to pitching from the stretch and slowed down his motion.

He gave up one run, two hits and two walks in 42 pitches.

“I’m feeling good about it,” Walker said. “I’m just trying to do what I can for the team. I’m going to pitch my butt off if I’m out there. If I’m not out there I’m going to cheer my butt off.”

Garrido said Walker (1-0) is going to get a couple more weekday starts before putting him back in the weekend rotation.

No matter who was on the mound for the Longhorns (16-7), they had good defense behind them.

Nick Peoples made a key play in the third inning when Winthrop had the bases loaded and one out. Peoples slipped and fell while Bryn Henderson’s deep fly ball was in the air. He then got up and made the catch, preventing what could have turned into a three-run double.

“I wanted to get behind the ball, because I didn’t want the guy to get from second base to third,” Peoples said. “I guess I just took a drop step and slipped because it was wet. But I knew where the ball was going, so I knew if I got up in time I’d have a chance to catch it.”

The Horns also got nice defensive plays from right fielder Kyle Russell, who made an over-the-head catch at the wall, and shortstop Josh Prince, who scooped up a ball over second base and made a nice throw.

“We’ve played pretty good defense from the beginning,” Garrido said. “From day one we’ve been able to walk on the field and pick the ball up and throw it. (Josh) Prince makes us even better when he’s at shortstop.”

UT took control with three runs in the first inning — two on Russell Moldenhauer’s bases-loaded single — and three in the fifth, with two coming on Bradley Suttle’s home run.

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Texas takes series from Miami with rain-shortened win

Joseph Krebs is happy.

It’s not just how he’s throwing the ball.

It’s not just his consistency.

Krebs, the Texas Longhorns’ best relief pitcher throughout the season, is comfortable with the way everything is going right now.

He proved that again Sunday as he came on in relief to pitch 2 1/3 innings and help the Longhorns beat Miami University 10-4 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener Friday.

The Redhawks (3-6) were mounting a comeback in the third inning, trailing 6-3 with one out and runners on second and third when Krebs (3-0) entered. He got Jeff Carroll to ground out to third, which scored a run to make it 6-4, and induced Chris Niro into another groundout to end the threat.

Krebs is happy in the long-relief role, but his lights-out dominance has coach Augie Garrido thinking about switching Krebs’ role.

“Coach (Skip) Johnson and myself are going to have to talk to see if we’re getting the right number of innings out of him,” Garrido said. “We might need to move him into a starting role. With Keith Shinaberry’s performance and Pat McCrory’s performance and Randy Boone, Krebs might be able to take that third starter role and run with it.”

While Krebs’ role might be changing, the Longhorns’ lineup might be set. Texas (15-7) pounded out 14 hits in four-plus innings at the plate, putting together a six-run second inning to take control.

Travis Tucker was 3 for 3 with four RBIs and Nick Peoples, who was moved to the nine spot, went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. The addition of DH Russell Moldenhauer and shortstop Josh Prince, who went 5 for 5 during Saturday’s victory, has made the Horns’ lineup extremely dangerous heading into Big 12 play.

“You have an opportunity to get a rally going, keep a rally going from beginning to end,” Garrido said.

After a Wednesday matchup against Winthrop, the Longhorns open Big 12 play against Baylor on Friday.

Garrido is just two wins away from 1,600 for his career, and chances are he will reach the milestone against Baylor, one of Texas’ biggest rivals.

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