Friday (Game 1): Texas 5, Kansas 11
A rainy forecast led to a little rearranging, which gave us a Friday double header. Kansas led with ace Ben Krauth and Texas responded with Sunday's projected starter Morgan Cooper. Cooper, in 4 and 2/3s innings of work, threw a strong 8 Ks and 1 BB, but gave up 8 hits and 7 runs on some bad breaks.
The offense early on looked like it would power Texas to a victory. In the 1st, a Kacy Clemens single scored Travis Jones. In the 2nd, Joe Baker took his first pitch since returning from injury (14 games, stress fracture in foot) for a single and Michael Cantu pushed him across. Tyler Rand hustled out a double later in the frame and came across on a Travis Jones sacrifice.
With Texas holding a 3-0 lead in the 3rd, Kansas put up two in the 3rd and two more in the 4th to snag a 4-3 lead. The Horns responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the 4th, with Patrick Mathis and Tyler Rand each knocking a double and Kody Clemens adding an RBI to retake the lead, 5-4.
In the 5th, Kansas loaded the bases on singles with one out. A great defensive play by Zane Gurwitz got the Horns halfway to ending the inning, but a bad break for Morgan Cooper did the damage. A line drive that was barely fair cleared the bases, giving Kansas a 7-5 lead they would not give up after adding four more runs to finish with an 11-5 victory in the opener.
Friday (Game 2): Texas 8, Kansas 6
The Texas offense came roaring out of the gate to start the second half of the double header. Travis Jones and Tres Barrera stacked doubles in the 1st to get Texas ahead 1-0. A Kacy Clemens walk put two aboard for Zane Gurwitz, who continued his surge through Big 12 play by knocking a three run homer over the fence. The Horns added an additional run in each of the following three innings, punctuated by Tres Barrera's fourth homer of the season.
Kyle Johnston put together a well rounded effort on the mound, holding the Jayhawks to one hit through the first 5 innings until three hits in the 6th ended his day. Travis Duke entered the game in historic relief: the senior's 106th appearance passed Huston Street to move into a tie with J. Brent Cox and Randy Boone for second all time at Texas.
In the 9th inning, Texas decided an 8-2 lead wasn't exciting enough. Nick Kennedy and Chase Shugart combined to give up four runs in the inning, shrinking the Texas lead to 8-6 before Shugart induced a game-ending double play.
Saturday: Texas 12, Kansas 2 (7 innings)
Deciding Friday featured enough drama, the Horns run-ruled Kansas in the finale 12-2 in 7 innings. Ty Culbreth picked up his 7th win of the season, going the complete 7 innings. Striking out four and walking two, the senior allowed eight hits but limited the damage to the two runs.
Kacy Clemens, now batting 4th, led the charge at the plate. Drawing three walks and going 2 for 2 at the plate, the junior first baseman had two RBIs and scored three runs of his own. In total, the Horns turned 12 walks and seven hits into the 12 runs.
Texas record: 16-20 (7-5)
This week: Tuesday against UT-RGV, weekend at Texas Tech