Horns Maintain Big 12 Lead With 3-1 Win Over 'Cats

One day after his 20<SUP>th</SUP> birthday, sophomore pitcher <B>J.P. Howell </B>celebrated by posting a pair of career-bests as No. 9 Texas (34-13, 15-5 Big 12) notched a 3-1 win over Kansas State (12-28, 2-15 Big 12) at Disch-Falk Field Saturday. The USC transfer struck out a career-high 10 batters over a personal-best 8-1/3 innings as UT maintained its lead atop Big 12 standings.

Howell improved to 7-1 on the season after holding Kansas State to one run on seven hits while Huston Street picked up his eighth save of 2003. The sophomore came on in relief with one out in the top of the ninth.

Taylor Teagarden and Joe Ferin each went 2-for-3 on the afternoon and accounted for two of Texas' three runs in what was otherwise a pitcher’s duel. But the Wildcats hurt their cause by committing four errors, while UT was charged with one fielding error.

Dustin Majewski’s RBI single scored Tim Moss from third as Texas jumped to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Moss reached with a single to right field before advancing to second and third on a stolen base and errant throw by the KSU catcher. One inning later, Texas increased its lead to 2-0 as Ferin laid down a bunt single to score Teagarden who led off with a single and then reached third on another KSU fielding error.

That score remained until the sixth when Pat Maloney’s two-out, RBI double scored Brad Anzman to cut the Texas lead in half at 2-1. The Wildcats then put two runners on board with two out in the top of the seventh before Howell quelled the rally.

The Horns would add another run in the bottom of the seventh after second baseman Marc Chabot’s errant throw allowed Teagarden to score from second.

Texas goes for the sweep, 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Disch.