(Photo: Texas Baseball)
5 days after letting a victory against Oklahoma State slip through their hands, Texas returned the favor on Friday night in Austin against Kansas State. The Wildcats led 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning before the Longhorns strung together 5 consecutive hits to tie the game. Tanner Carlson, who entered the game for Jack O'Dowd, then delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly. Zane Morehouse worked around a two out single in the top of the 9th to secure his 5th save of the season.
Texas starter Lucas Gordon labored for the first 2 innings of the game, throwing more than 50 pitches, hitting 3 batters and allowing a pair of runs. The junior eventually settled in and was able to make it through 6 innings without further damage. The Longhorns ran into trouble again in the 7th when Andre Duplantier walked the first two batters of the inning and then threw a bunt attempt into right field, but Chase Lummus entered and prevented the game from getting out of reach.
The Longhorns led off the bottom of the 8th with a bunt single by Eric Kennedy. Dylan Campbell followed with a double to left-center and Peyton Powell drove home a pair with an opposite field double, which ended the night of Kansas State starter Owen Boerema (127 pitches and 12 strikeouts). Garret Guillemette greeted reliever Ty Ruhl with an opposite field double and Porter Brown tied the game with a RBI triple before being driven in by Carlson.
Texas will go for the series win today as they send Travis Sthele to the mound. The Longhorns currently sit atop the Big 12 standings at 5-2.