A lackluster offensive performance led Texas Longhorns baseball (16-11, 5-2 Big 12) to fall to the Kansas State Wildcats (14-12, 1-3) 5-2 in game one on Thursday night.
The Longhorns could only muster five hits on the night, compared to K-State’s 11. Texas only has nine hits over its past two games.
Kansas State got on the board first on Thursday with a three run second inning and never looked back. The Wildcats struck on back-to-back RBI doubles to put Texas pitcher Blair Henley in a 3-0 hole early.
The ‘Horns got one back in the fourth on a Tate Shaw RBI single to score Austin Todd, who had reached first on a full-count leadoff walk and then had made it to second on a balk.
K-State, however, got its three-run lead back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single of their own.
It looked like Texas was on the verge of a big inning in the seventh. Jake McKenzie began the frame with a leadoff single, and Kody Clemens followed with a double (he would notch another two-bagger in the ninth).
With two runners in scoring position and nobody out, Ryan Reynolds had a line-out to second, Masen Hibbeler had an RBI sac fly to center, and then David Hamilton grounded out with a man on third to end the inning with the score at 2-4.
Kansas State pushed its lead to three yet again in the eighth inning, this time for good, scoring on a Parker Joe Robinson wild pitch with runners on the corners and two outs.
The ‘Horns had nothing doing in the top of the ninth despite a two-out double for Clemens, and the game ended on a Reynolds groundout. Texas left 11 runners on base for the night.
For the Wildcats, the win is the team’s first Big 12 victory of the season. The ‘Horns took their second Big 12 loss, as Texas also fell to Oklahoma State in game one last weekend.
Boxscore from last night is here.
Texas will be back in action tonight at 6:30 pm CST in Little Manhattan, and Nolan Kingham will get the call for the ‘Horns. You can listen in to the game on 104.9 the Horn.