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Friday - March 14, 2008

Game 15: Kansas at Texas

Texas beat Kansas this evening...8-6. Ryne Price hit 2 homeruns for Kansas. Cameron Rupp hit 2 homeruns for Texas. Price's homeruns were solo shots. Preston Clark was on 2nd base when Cameron hit both of his homers. There's the difference in the game for you. Right there. 'Twas great fun being in the stands.

The line-up was a bit different again. Preston Clark started in lf and Tant Shepherd played dh to start the game. Austin Wood got the start on the mound.

The Jayhawks took a quick lead in the top of the 1st. With one out, Robby Price singled up the middle. Allman followed that with what looked to be a tailor-made double play ball to 2b. Alas, Michael Torres booted the ball into shallow lf. Runners at the corners after the error. Land then doubled down the lf line. One run across and runners still at the corners with one out. Morrison then hit a high fly to rf. It was rather shallow and we were all expecting there to he a play at the plate. Alas, Kyle Russell fell back and down as he caught the ball and a second run scored (sac fly). Ouch. Affenir struck out for the 3rd out. The official scorer apparently ruled one run earned and one unearned. The way you're supposed to record earned runs, is to play out the inning as though the error didn't happen and the out was recorded. So, I think I would've ruled them both unearned (in fact, I did do that on my scoresheet). If Michael had made the play on the booted ball, the Jayhawks would've had a runner at 1b and 2 outs. In actuality, both runners would probably have been out (double play ball, remember) but you can't assume the double play. So, I don't think the run scored by Price should've been viewed as earned since he would've been the 2nd out (and thus, unable to score). Allman made it to 3b on the double by Land. Barring the error, he would've been at 3b with two outs. So, he could not have scored on the sac fly by Morrison. So, to my mind: 2 unearned runs. But, I wasn't the official scorer so I guess it doesn't matter, eh? Texas down 0-2.

In the bottom of the inning, Travis Tucker walked and then was thrown out at 2b on a rather poor bunt by David Hernandez. He bunted the ball a bit too hard and right at the pitcher. Jordan Danks walked, putting runners at 1b and 2b. They both advanced on a balk with Preston Clark at the plate. Preston then hit a sac fly to lf. Danks still at 2b with 2 out. With the count at 1-2, Jordan took off on the 4th pitch to Cameron Rupp. Rupp hit a nice single up the middle. The center fielder might've had a play at the plate but since Jordan took off (hit-and-run or sb attempt?...I don't know) so early, he scored easily. Brandon Belt then struck out to end the inning. Game tied at 2-2.

Kansas scored two more in the top of the 2nd on back-to-back homeruns by Ryne Price and Joe Southers. Ouch. Thompson reached on an error by David Hernandez (who misplayed the ball a bit and then had to eat the ball) and advanced to 2b on a sac bunt. He was stranded there, though. Texas down by 2 again.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Kyle Russell reached on a 1-out walk but was stranded at 1b.

Texas sent Brandon Workman to the mound to start the 3rd. He struck out the first two batters he saw before giving up a double (misplayed by Kyle in rf) to Affenir. Ryne Price flew out to cf to end the threat.

Texas took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. David Hernandez singled up the middle and then moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Jordan Danks. Preston Clark doubled off the wall in lf, scoring David. And, Cameron Rupp hit his first homerun of the game...over the fence between the scoreboard and the Green Monster. Brandon Belt and Tant Shepherd flew out to cf for the final two outs of the inning. Texas up 5-4.

Kansas went 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th (one strikeout and two groundouts). Kyle Russell singled to lead off the bottom of the 4th. He moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Michael Torres and then to 3b on a groundout to ss by Travis Tucker. Alas he was stranded at 3b when David Hernandez flew out to lf.

The Jayhawks went down in order again (!) in the 5th (fly out to cf, ground out to ss, fly out to rf).

The Horns scored some insurance runs in the bottom of the 5th. Jordan Danks doubled to cf. The Jayhawks sent Esquibel to the mound. Then we had an interesting play. Preston hit an "excuse me" dribbler down the 1b line. He was actually trying to get out of the way of a pitch but his bat somehow connected with the ball. He had enough presence of mind (of course he did, he's Preston Clark!) to take off running hard for 1b. The pitcher fielded the ball about 1/3 of the way down the line and tried to throw Preston out at 1b. Rather than take a step or two outside the runner's lane, he tried to throw through Preston. And, well, that didn't have much chance of working! His throw hit Preston's helmet and ricocheted out of play to the fence about half way down the rf section of seats. Preston ended up standing safely at 2b and Jordan scored on the play. And, then Cameron Rupp hit his 2nd 2-run homerun of the day...this time over the rf fence! Brandon Belt then lined out to cf. Russell Moldenhauer (pinch-hitting for Tant Shepherd) grounded out to 2b. And, Kyle Russell flew out to cf to end the inning. Texas up 8-4.

In the top of the 6th, Ryne Price hit his 2nd homerun of the day...a 2-out solo shot. Southers followed that with a single but was stranded at 1b. Texas up 8-5.

The Horns went down in order in the bottom of the inning: Michael Torres grounded out to 1b (unassisted), Travis Tucker grounded out to 2b, and David Hernandez flew out to rf.

Faunce started off the 7th with a double down the lf line. With two balls thrown to Robby Price, Texas sent Cole Green to the mound for Brandon Workman. Price grounded out to 1b, moving Faunce to 3b. Allman then singled to lf, scoring Faunce. Land walked, putting runners at 1b and 2b with 1 out. Morrison then popped out to 1b (in foul territory) and Afenir struck out (third strikeout of the day for him). Texas up 8-6.

In the bottom of the 7th, Jordan Danks drew a full-count walk and stole 2b a couple of batters later. Sadly, he was stranded at 2b.

Cole Green struck out the first two batters he faced in the 8th before giving up a single to Thompson. Faunce then grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

Kansas sent Smyth to the mound in the bottom of the 8th. After getting 2 quick outs, he gave up a single to Michael Torres. Michael was stranded at 1b, however, when Travis Tucker flew out to cf.

The top of the 9th was rather interesting. Texas sent Brandon Belt to p from 1b. They moved Preston Clark to 1b from lf. And, sent Kyle Lusson to lf, removing the dh from the game for the Horns. Robby Price grounded out to p for the first out. And, then Brandon moved back to 1b. Preston moved back to lf (sending Kyle Lusson back to the bench). And, Stayton Thomas took the mound (and went into the batting order in the dh spot). Stayton made us all very nervous by plunking Allman with the first pitch he threw. Yikes. He then got Land (who'd worked the count full after falling behind 0-2) to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game! Whew.

In the post-game interview, Coach Garrido gave lots of credit to the young guys on the team really coming through. He did add that he'd like to see the team work on having more of a killer instinct rather than a survivor instinct...talking about the fact that they did not score in their final 3 at-bats. When asked specifically about Cameron Rupp, he said he's a great guy to have on the team, always showing up with a smile on his face and just being happy to be able to play the game.

Posted by Joanna at 11:47 PM