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No. 14 Texas crushes Kansas State 10-2 to even up the series

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Blair Henley fired seven innings of one-run baseball, retiring seven Wildcats via the strikeout.

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If there is one thing we have learned about Texas Longhorns baseball this season, it’s the fact that they know how to respond after crushing, ugly losses.

They did just that on Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field for what feels like the 100th time this season, as the Longhorns outscored the Wildcats 10-2 just a day after dropping a game that they had no business losing.

Blair Henley was impressive once again tossing five complete innings before allowing a single run. Of course, it helps when your offense gives you a seven run lead just two innings into the game but hey, it was great seeing Henley run with it and attack the zone and go right after hitters with his fastball that consistently sat at 94 MPH.

With strong winds blowing out to right field, the Texas offense went to work early and put up several aggressive at bats that allowed them to jump all over Kansas State early.

Ahead 3-0 with two outs in the second, Zach Zubia broke the game open with one grand swing. Zubia drove a 3-2 fastball out to right-center that was gone the second it left the bat. Just like that the Horns were sitting pretty, up 7-0.

Zubia picked up his fifth RBI of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring Duke Ellis to put Texas up 8-0.

Texas wasn’t done yet.

The Longhorns added a pair of insurance runs in the middle innings after Masen Hibbeler came across to score on a fielders choice off the bat of Michael McCann in the fifth, followed by another RBI for Zubia after a sacrifice fly in the sixth put Texas ahead 10-1.

After 104 pitches, Henley’s day was done.

Blair Henley: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 104 pitches.

Ah, a nine-run lead. Plenty of cushion for this Texas bullpen, right?

While no lead was blown, it wouldn’t be a complete Texas baseball game without the bullpen at least making things interesting.

Nico O’Donnell entered the game in the eighth, faced two batters and put them both on base free of charge via the walk. Nico is quickly running out of leash with David Pierce as he continues to struggle in his sophomore campaign.

Matt Whelan entered the game and was ultimately asked to get the final six outs of the game. He managed to get those final six outs, but not before allowing a solo shot in the ninth inning, making it 10-2 Texas.

No harm, no foul, as Whelan retired the next batter to end the game, giving Texas a much needed victory to even the series.

While you would have liked to see the bullpen come in and completely shut things down, all in all, it was a successful day for the Longhorns and they played an almost perfect game.

Texas will go for a critical series win tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central.

Go make some noise for your Longhorns.

Hook ‘Em.