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Wednesday - May 23, 2007

Game 57: Kansas State at Texas (Big 12 Tournament)

Kyle Walker got the nod to start today's game against K-State and, sadly, continued to struggle. He gave up a 2-out hit in the 1st but that was it. But, in the 2nd, he loaded the bases with a couple of walks sandwiched around an infield single. After giving up another single (and 2 runs), Joseph Krebs took over on the mound. He struck out the side but also gave up a single and hit a batter. Four runs scored. Ouch.

Texas scored 1 in the bottom of the inning, held Kansas State in check in the top of the 3rd, and got back to business in the bottom of the 3rd. Jordan Danks started with a triple and was followed by Kyle Russell who did the same (scoring Jordan). Chance Wheeless reached on a bunt single (scoring Kyle). Bradley Suttle flew out for the first out of the inning. Chance stole 2b during Russell Moldenhauer's at-bat and then advanced to 3b when Russell grounded out to 2b. Preston Clark singled to score Chance (tie game!) and then Chais Fuller singled to put runners at the corners. Nick Peoples was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. That was the 33rd time in his career he'd been hit by a pitch, tying him at 2nd place with Matt Rosenberg on the career hit-by-pitch list. No chance he'll catch Jeff Ontiveros who's record is somewhere in the 70s. Back to the action: Travis Tucker (9th batter of the inning) walked to drive in Preston Clark, giving the Horns the lead, 5-4. Jordan singled to lf, scoring two, and advancing Travis to 3b. Texas up 7-4. The K-State pitcher balked with Kyle Russell at the plate, scoring Travis and moving Jordan to 2b. Yikes. Kyle Russell ended up walking. Chance then singled to cf, scoring Jordan and moving Kyle to 3b. Wow. Bradley, 13th batter of the inning, walked on 4 pitches to load the bases. And, Kansas State went to their 4th pitcher of the game...and the inning. At this point, Keith Moorland and Craig Way reported that the 10-run rule is in effect for the Big 12 Tournament for all games except the Championship game. Russell Moldenhauer singled, driving home 2 more runs and putting runners at the corners. Preston flew out to finally end the inning. Oh my goodness. 10 runs scored to go up 11-4.

The Wildcats started off the 4th with a single. The next batter hit into a 5-4-3 double play, though. The 3rd batter grounded out to ss. A very quick inning for Joseph (5 pitches, I think). Texas got 2 aboard (Travis Tucker singled and Jordan Danks walked) in the 4th but did not score. In the 5th, the first Kansas State batter walked and was then erased on another 5-4-3 double play. The final batter popped out to lf. The Horns went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

A sharply hit foul ball went into the Texas dugout to start things off in the 6th. Craig Way said Coach Garrido ducked out of the way of the ball but it appeared to ricochet off the railing and hit someone else in the dugout. He could not tell who or if they were injured. Play was stopped momentarily, though. Near the end of the inning, Craig reported that the ball did hit one of the trainers (first name Brian; I did not catch the last name) but that he is okay. The Wildcats went on to go down in order. In the bottom of the inning, Chais Fuller reached on a 1-out single but was erased on a 5-4-3 double play. At this point I started to think that the 10-run rule just might not come into play.

Texas sent Keith Shinaberry to the mound to start off the 7th. The first batter he faced grounded out to ss and the 2nd singled up the middle. Keith got the next two out on strikeouts. Travis Tucker started off the bottom of the inning and reached on a full-count walk. Jordan Danks singled to rf, moving Travis to 3b. Kyle Russell reached on an infield single. Travis scored and Jordan moved to 2b. The K-State shortstop made a nice play to knock the ball down but could not get the ball to the second baseman in time to get Jordan out at 2b. The Wildcats sent their 5th pitcher into the game at that point. Chance Wheeless grounded out to 2b, moving the runners to 2b and 3b. Texas up 12-4 with 1 out and game winning run at 2b. So, Kansas State walked Bradley Suttle intentionally to load the bases and set up the double-play situation. With a lefty on the mound, Josh Prince was sent in to pinch-hit for Russell Moldenhauer. So, the Wildcats sent their 6th pitcher of the game to the mound. Josh stayed in to bat and hit a shallow fly ball to rf. The right fielder dove for the ball and caught it. Jordan tagged up and scored. Horns now up by 9 with runners at 1b and 2b. And, 2 outs. Preston Clark lined out to 3b to end the inning. So close!

Pat McCrory went to the mound for the Horns in the 8th. The first batter he faced grounded out to 3b. The next batter walked. And, the third singled to rf, putting runners at 1b and 2b. The next flew out to lf. The fifth singled to rf to load the bases. The runner from 2b started to round 3b and head home but a quick throw from Kyle Russell in right field stopped him at 3b. Alas, the next batter lined into cf to drive in 2 runs. Runners at the corners with 2 outs and a 7-run lead for the Horns. After a quick visit to the mound by Skip Johnson, Pat gave up another single to score another run. So, Randy Boone went in for Pat. Runners still at the corners with 2 outs. And, what did Randy do? He gave up a 3-run homer on his 2nd pitch. It was the first home run of the year for Adam Muenster. Randy struck the next batter out. Texas up 13-10 after the Wildcats put a 6-spot on the board in the 8th. Geesh. Good thing the Horns scored those two insurance runs in the 7th, eh? Who knew they were insurance runs at the time? Wow.

Chais Fulller grounded out to 3b to start the bottom of the 8th. Nick Peoples (bless his heart!) followed with a home run over the lf fence to take the lead back to 4 runs. Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch. Enter pitcher #7 for Kansas State: Daniel Edwards (closer, 1.30 era, 11 saves on the season). Jordan Danks reached on a full-count walk. Runners at 1b and 2b with 1 out. Kyle Russell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chance Wheeless singled into cf. Travis and Jordan scored. Kyle moved to 2b. Bradley Suttle finally broke his home run slump (he'd been sitting at 10 for a very long time) and hit a long home run over the rf fence. Texas up by 9 again, answering the 6-spot in the top of the inning. Oh my. Josh Prince walked. Kansas State replaced the closer. Preston Clark struck out and Chais Fuller flew out to cf to end the inning. Alas, no 10-run rule.

Randy Boone still on the mound for the Horns to start the 9th. He struck out the first batter he faced and then gave up a single to rf. The next batter singled to lf, putting runners at 1b and 2b. The game ended on an odd double play. Because the game wasn't weird enough to this point. Right? The batter hit a ground ball to 2b and the runner from 1b stopped in the path, interfering with Travis Tucker, who threw to 1b to get the batter. The runner was also called out on the interference. Game over.

The line:

RHE
Kansas State 040 000 060 - 10130
Texas 0110 000 26x - 19172

Joseph Krebs gets the win. And, the Horns are set to face the Aggies at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon. By the by, Nebraska beat the Aggies 5-3 in the first game of the day. OU and Mizzou are due up next with Baylor and OSU set to close out the day late this evening.

Posted by Joanna at 6:23 PM