Texas Tops Cats Late 5-2
Texas Tops Cats Late 5-2
No. 1 Longhorns rally late, top Wildcats for second straight day
KSU Sports Information
Manhattan - For the second straight game, Kansas State gave No. 1 Texas all it could handle as the top-ranked Longhorns broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning Saturday with two runs and added another in the ninth to take their second straight win over the home-standing Wildcats at Tointon Stadium.
On its way to a 5-2 loss, K-State (20-12, 2-6) took a 2-1 lead into the fifth before the Longhorns (34-4, 8-2) tied the game with a single run in the top of the fifth and added three late runs to rally past the Wildcats. K-State had numerous chances late in the game but stranded 11 runners on the afternoon, including eight over the final five innings.
K-State's Carlos Torres (5-2) had another solid outing, giving up four earned runs in 8.1 innings while striking out seven. The Longhorns' final three runs off Torres came by way of the home run as Seth Johnston lifted a two-run shot in the seventh that broke a 2-2 tie and Drew Stubbs added a solo blast to right to give the Horns a 5-2 lead in the ninth.
After Texas took advantage of a Wildcat error to take a 1-0 lead in the third, K-State answered with a run of its own in the bottom half as Ryan Saltzgaber led off with a triple to left center and scored on a double off the wall in left by Zach Troilo. Troilo, who was at second with nobody out, was left stranded after a groundout and two popouts ended the inning.
K-State took its first lead of the weekend in the fourth when Zack Saunders took an offering from Simmons and lifted it over the wall in left for his team-leading fifth homer of the season, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
Texas starter Justin Simmons improved to 8-1 on the season after throwing 6.0 innings. The senior gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out four. J. Brent Cox pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.
Josh Dent and Josh Heinrich led the Wildcats offensively with two hits each, while Saunders and Troilo drove in the team's two runs.
K-State will look to salvage one game in the series Easter Sunday at Tointon Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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