Mercy! Game Called Early As Texas Hammers KSU

The No. 9 Texas baseball team (35-13, 16-5 Big 12) made short work of Kansas State (12-29, 2-16 Big 12) behind a 15-hit barrage resulting in a shortened, 12-1 win at Disch-Falk Field Sunday. The game was called in the top of the seventh due to the league's 10-run rule, which is in effect during the final contest of a three-game series.

Starting pitcher Justin Simmons, last year’s ace at 16-1, evened his overall mark at 4-4 in holding KSU to three hits over six innings while fanning seven. Huston Street came on in relief in the seventh (the sophomore does everything for this team except carry the luggage to the bus) to preserve Texas’ fourth Big 12 Conference series sweep this year.

Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-2 with a career high four RBI and Curtis Thigpen went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Meanwhile, Dustin Majewski scored a career-best four runs on the afternoon.

Kansas State took the early lead when Brad Anzman led off with a double in the top of the first and then scored on Ryan Baldwin’s sacrifice fly. The Wildcats’ first lead of the weekend, at 1-0, was short-lived.

Texas answered in the bottom half of the frame by plating two runs, behind Majewski’s RBI double and a sacrifice, squeeze-bunt that scored another run from Teagarden.

The Longhorns added five runs in the second, including four with two outs, on four hits. The inning was punctuated by Eric Sultemeier’s bases-loaded, two-RBI double and Teagarden’s two-run single.

Simmons, meanwhile, retired 11 in a row as Texas increased its lead to 12-1 by the end of six.

Over the weekend, Nebraska and Texas A&M each won two-of-three -- the Huskers from Tech and the Ags from Missouri. Those results combined with the UT sweep gives the Horns a one-game edge over second-place Nebraska (15-6) and a two-game cushion over third-place A&M (14-7) with two series left in the Big 12 race. The league-leading Longhorns open a three-game series at Kansas Friday before finishing the regular season against Texas A&M.

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