After dropping a 6-5 decision Friday night and then holding the Horns to only one run on Saturday, the Wildcats committed three errors and gave up 13 hits in game three, giving the series win to the Longhorns.
Second baseman Travis Tucker lead things off on Sunday for Texas and reached on catcher’s interference before Michael Torres reached on a fielder’s choice groundout that knocked Tucker out at second. A double down the left field line by Jordan Danks put him and Torres in scoring position, but not for long. A shot to right field by Preston Clark put him at second and cleared the pair off of the bags to give Texas the early lead and Danks the first two of his three RBI. Tant Shepherd drove his first pitch through the right side to continue the rally and knock Clark the rest of the way around the bags. Shepherd advanced to second on a single by right fielder Kyle Russell before being plated by a stroke through the middle from Kyle Lusson. A called third strike to shortstop David Hernandez forced the Horns to hang up their rally caps with a four run lead going in to the bottom half of the first.
Kansas State second baseman Brett Scott followed his lead-off hitter’s pop out with a single to left field. Scott stole second with two outs and managed to cut a run off the Horns’ lead thanks to a hit through the right side from Justin Bloxom. Bloxom reached second on a throwing error, but the next batter’s ground out to third closed down the inning before Bloxom had a chance to advance.
Clark took back the Horns’ four-run advantage in the top of the second with a ground-out to shortstop that allowed Tucker to advance from third and put Texas up 5-1.
Clark paced the Texas offense and went 2-4 with one run scored, one double and three RBI.
It took Kansas State an inning to get its rebuttal in but the Wildcats tacked on a run in the third and another in the fourth to further narrow the gap.
In the seventh, Brandon Belt hit a lead off double and advanced to third on a fly out to right field before being knocked in compliments of double by Russell Moldenhauer. Pinch Runner Runey Davis took advantage of a throwing error on a single by Lusson to head home and put the Horns up 7-3.
The Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the eighth but the three-run deficit proved too much.
Austin Wood (3-2) got the win after allowing four runs, two earned, and five hits over seven and a third innings. Wood threw a career-high 138 pitches. Lance Hoge (1-5) was saddled with the loss and gave up four earned runs and five hits in the first inning before walking the only batter he faced in the second.
The Longhorns return to UFCU Disch-Falk Field to take on Texas State this Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.