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AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Longhorns (39-17, 14-10) walked into the final game of the series looking for a sweep Kansas, while the Jayhawks (20-35, 4-20) are looking for a celebratory ending to their season. A sluggish start for the 'Horns saw the Jayhawks take control of the game early but a late rally from Texas gave the Longhorns the win and series sweep.
Kansas controlled the momentum early and often, scoring the first five runs of the game. A second inning solo homer over the right field wall gave the Jayhawks an early lead along with a fourth frame 2-RBI double down the left field line. They continued in the fifth with a 2-RBI single to left field that bounced past Eric Kennedy and stretched the lead to 5-0.
After registering only a single hit through the first four innings, the 'Horns finally got on the board. Mitchell Daly smashed a solo homer over the left field wall, followed by an RBI fly out from Ivan Melendez to score Trey Faltine.
While the Texas' bats were largely held in check from Kansas pitcher Ryan Vanderhei, the momentum flipped upon his seventh inning exit. An RBI single to left field from Murphy Stehly scored a run to tighten the Jayhawk's lead while also loading the bases. Skyler Messinger in his possible final game at Disch-Falk Field, against his former team, smashed a grand slam bomb through left center to give the 'Horns their first lead of the game at 7-5.
The Jayhawks were able to add a run in the eighth on a sacrifice flyout but the momentum stayed with the Longhorns.
Texas pulled away in the bottom of the eighth with a series of home runs. Eric Kennedy began the fiesta with a 2-run blast through right center, followed by back-to-back solo homers from Stehly and Austin Todd to finalize a 11-6 victory and series sweep for Texas.
Up next for the Longhorns is the Big 12 Baseball Tournament which begins on Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Messinger: (1-5) 4RBI, 1HR
Stehly: (3-5) 2RBI, 1HR
Kennedy: (1-3) 2RBI, 1HR