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TEXAS BASEBALL CLINCHES K-STATE SERIES

After Nolan Kingham threw a complete-game shutout - 2-0 - for a Game 1 victory over Kansas State on Friday, Morgan Cooper went a career-high eight (shutout) innings in the start for Texas in a 5-0 Game 2 triumph over the Wildcats for the Longhorns' first Big 12 series win.

Texas pitching has now gone 26 straight innings without giving up a run.

In Game 1, catcher Michael McCann, who appears to have replaced senior Michael Cantu in the starting lineup, roped an RBI double in the third inning for a 1-0 lead. Then, in the fourth inning, Travis Jones singled home Austin Todd for a 2-0 lead, which proved to be the difference.

In Game 2 on Saturday, Cooper (3-1) recorded a career-best 11 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. 

The run support for Cooper began in the second inning thanks to four walks from K-State starting P Parker Rigler. With two outs in the second and Texas catcher Michael McCann already on base, Austin Todd, Ryan Reynolds and David Hamilton drew three straight walks to force in the game's first run, putting Texas up, 1-0.

 
The Texas offense added two runs in the fourth and one run in both the six and eighth innings.

Texas third baseman Ryan Reynolds opened the fourth with a double, and Hamilton followed with a bunt single, giving the Longhorns runners on the corners. Tate Shaw then laid down a squeeze, scoring Reynolds. 

Kacy Clemens' RBI groundout gave the Longhorns a 3-0 lead after four.


 
In the sixth, Shaw singled with one out before Clemens stroked a double to right, putting the Longhorns on top 4-0. Reynolds plated the Longhorns final run in the eighth when his RBI single scored pinch-runner Tyler Rand.


 
With today's combined shutout, Longhorns pitching has not allowed a run in the last 26 innings of work.

Texas and K-State will face off in the series finale on Sunday at 1 pm CT at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.


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