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Sunday - March 22, 2009

Game 20: Texas at Kansas

Once again, I listened to the game on the radio...Keith Moreland and Bill Little making the call. They estimated the crowd at 50. Yes, Kansas is playing basketball today at 1:30. Heh.

The starting line-ups:

Texas Kansas
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Michael Torres, 3b
3 Brandon Belt, 1b
4 Russell Moldenhauer, lf
5 Kevin Keyes, rf
6 Cameron Rupp, dh
7 Preston Clark, c
8 Brandon Loy, ss
9 Connor Rowe, cf
- Cole Green, p
1 David Narodowski, ss
2 Brian Heere, rf
3 Robby Price, 2b
4 Buck Afenir, c
5 Tony Thompson, 3b
6 Jimmy Waters, dh
7 Preston Land, 1b
8 Nick Faunce, lf
9 Jason Brunansky, cf
- Lee Ridenhour, p

Texas played with the line-up again...moving Russell Moldenhauer into lf (taking Tant Shepherd's spot) and using Cameron Rupp as dh. Kansas again stayed with the same line-up; the one that's worked so well for them in the first two games of the series.

And, here's how the game went:

Taylor Jungmann took his second loss in the series. Blankenship got his second win (again, like yesterday, after only facing 2 batters), and Smyth got his 3rd save in the series.

Here's the line (from GameTracker):

[Final line score]

Sigh. Texas got more hits today but it didn't make enough of a difference. They won their first five 1-run games. And, now they've lost three 1-run games in-a-row. The Horns face Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at Disch-Falk. The Patriots, like the Horns, were swept this weekend. I wonder who'll bounce back on Tuesday? Normally, I wouldn't even really think about it. Hmmm...

It really does seem to be a mental thing. Earlier in the season, this team was not pressing. They were doing what needed to get done. And, now? They're really struggling at the plate. Things are starting to look a bit like last season, in that they started out strong, had a bad middle of the season, and then finished strong. Before coming up very short in the post-season. I hope this team turn things around quickly and doesn't flail about too long.

In the post-game interview, Bill Little and Coach Garrido commented that the Big 12 has parity in baseball now...just like football and basketball...and that nobody is going to dominate as they go through conference play. Interestingly, here's how things played out in conference play this weekend:

So, three ranked teams lost series this weekend. And, OU almost made it four. Although, the Sooners really stomped all over Kansas State today (scoring 13 in the 1st inning and 11 in the 5th...and going on to win 29-4 in 7 innings). So, yes...it would appear that there is quite a bit of parity in the Big 12 this year.

Posted by Joanna at 5:11 PM