Texas completes sweep of Wildcats

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Manhattan - A two-run first inning by Texas and the pitching of Sam LeCure propelled the top-ranked Longhorns to a three-game series sweep of Kansas State after a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon at Tointon Stadium.

LeCure tossed a complete game and gave up just four hits and thwarted several K-State scoring oppurtunites as the righthander improved to 6-0 on the season. K-State got good mileage out of yet another starter as Jim Ripley had another solid outing, going 8.0 innings and giving up just three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five.

The Longhorns (35-4, 9-2) jumped on the board first with two runs on a costly Wildcat error. After Robby Hudson led off with a single, Josh Dent misplayed a single by Seth Johnston which allowed Hudson to score from first and Johnston to move around to third. Curtis Thigpen then lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right to give Texas a 2-0 lead after a half inning.

Texas then added a single run in the fifth on a safety squeeze by Johnston to give the Horns a 3-0 cushion. Kansas State (20-13, 2-7) had several good chances to cut into the lead early in the game but did not cross the plate until the sixth inning. Ryan Saltzgaber singled to left and then advanced to second on a dropped fly ball to center off the bat of Steve Murphy. Chris Carlson then reached on a throwing error by Hudson at short, which allowed Saltzgaber to score and cut the lead to 3-1.

Texas then added a single run in the seventh after loading the bases on three straight singles with no outs. Ripley pitched out of the jam and gave up just a single run on a sacrifice fly by Johnston as Texas took a 4-1 lead.

Saltzgaber finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and was the lone Wildcat to have a multi-hit game.

The Wildcats return to action Wednesday night when Newman heads to Tointon Stadium for a 7 p.m. mid-week contest.

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