OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Kansas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the
second inning but a 10-run third by Texas doomed the Wildcats as the
top-seeded Longhorns took the opening-round matchup of the Big 12
Tournament, 19-10, Wednesday afternoon at Bricktown Ballpark.
With the loss, Kansas State falls to 33-23 on the season and 0-1 in Big
12 Tournament pool play, while Texas improved to 43-13 and 1-0. The
Wildcats, who have lost four in a row, are now 2-3 all-time in Big 12
Kansas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second as Rob Vaughn walked
and Brett Scott followed with an infield single deep in the hole at
short. After Nate Tenbrink walked to load the bases, Eli Rumler lined a
single into left to score two runs and chase Texas starter Kyle Walker
from the game. After two strikeouts and a hit batsman, Adam Muenster
singled to second base to drive in Tenbrink and Rumler came around to
score the fourth run of the inning after an errant flip to second by
Nick People’s RBI-single in the bottom of the second got Texas on the
board at 4-1. The Longhorns then broke open the game with 10 runs in
the bottom of the third on eight hits off four different Wildcat
pitchers to take an 11-4 lead. Jordan Danks had two hits in the inning,
while six other Longhorns recorded RBI base hits in the frame.
Justin Murray (4-3) took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats after
giving up seven runs in the 10-run third inning. Murray did not record
an out and walked three in the inning. Starter Trevor Hurley
surrendered three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings with one strikeout.
Todd Vogel, the fourth of eight pitchers on the afternoon, came in and
shut the door for three-plus innings until giving up two runs in the
Texas reliever Joseph Krebs (8-1) took the win after tossing 5.0 shutout
innings and allowing just two hits while striking out five. Starter
Kyle Walker lasted just 1.0 inning and gave up four runs on three hits
with two walks.
The Cats broke through for six runs in the top of the eighth to pull to
within 13-10 as Derek Bunker and Eddie Vasquez drove in three with
run-scoring singles. Longhorn closer Randy Boone then entered the game
and Muenster greeted the senior with a three-run homer over the wall in
left for the first home run of the conference tournament to pull the
Cats to within three at 13-10.
But, Texas had an answer of its own as it scored six times in the bottom
of the eighth, highlighted by homers from Nick People’s and Bradley
Suttle, to up the lead to 19-10.
Muenster led the 13-hit attack Wednesday with three hits and a
career-high four runs driven in. The redshirt freshman has hit safely
in eight of his last 10 games and belted his first career homer on
Wednesday. Bunker, Vasquez and Tenbrink each had two hits on the day.
Kansas State will face fourth-seeded Nebraska Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and
then will square off against fifth-seeded Texas A&M Saturday at 10 a.m.