Texas outlasts K-State in a 20-inning marathon
Texas outlasts K-State in 20-inning marathon
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Top-ranked Texas scored five runs in the top of the 20th inning to break a 5-5 tie as the Longhorns outlasted Kansas State, 10-6, Friday night in the Big 12 Conference's longest-ever game. The two teams combined to use 15 pitchers, account for 36 strikeouts, leave 42 men on base and pound out 35 hits Friday and into early Saturday at Tointon Stadium.
The game, which lasted 6 hours and 28 minutes, was the longest ever in Kansas State and Big 12 history and tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history. The 42 men left on base also was the second most by two teams in NCAA history, missing the record of 43 by one runner.
The Wildcats (20-11, 2-5) rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the eighth to tie the game and actually had a chance to knock off the nation's No. 1 team in the ninth but an Eli Rumler strikeout left the winning run at second. A Steve Murphy two-run double highlighted the eighth for Kansas State but the Wildcats could not push across the winning run over the next 12 innings.
Eric Rollins threw 5.1 innings of solid relief, giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out eight. Texas (33-4, 7-2) got two hits off Rollins to start the 20th inning, with both runners scoring to hand Rollins his first loss of the season. Texas pushed across five runs on four hits in the decisive 20th inning.
Texas' Kyle McCulloch, the eighth and final pitcher of the night for the Longhorns, got the win to improve to 5-0 after throwing the final 4.1 innings. McCulloch gave up just one run, which came in the bottom of the 20th, on four hits while striking out 2.
Kansas State used 20 of its available 25 players Friday, while the Longhorns used 23 total players. The two teams will square off again Saturday with Carlos Torres getting the nod for K-State and Justin Simmons is scheduled to go for Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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