Baseball: Texas Completes Sweep With 4-1 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sam LeCure (Centertown, Mo./Helias Interparish) struck out a career-high eight and hurled his second complete-game effort of the year to lead No. 1 Texas (35-4, 9-2 Big 12) to a 4-1 victory over Kansas State (20-13, 2-7 Big 12) in front of 484 fans at Frank Myers Field/Tointon Family Stadium on Sunday, April 11. With the win, the Longhorns not only swept their three-game series with the Wildcats, but also upped their current win streak to eight games.

Taking advantage of consecutive singles from Robby Hudson (Redlands, Calif./Redlands/Riverside CC) and Seth Johnston (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) to begin the game that were followed with a two-base error on Johnston's single and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Curtis Thigpen (Forney, Texas/Forney), Texas pulled out in front 2-0 in the top of the first. Kansas State, meanwhile, put at least one runner on base in each of the first three innings, but LeCure managed to hold the Wildcats in check and maintain the two-run UT lead. After a scoreless fourth for both sides, the Longhorns then received consecutive base hits from Drew Stubbs (Atlanta, Texas/Atlanta) and Hudson to start the fifth that parlayed into a run and a 3-0 Texas lead on a safety squeeze bunt from Johnston.

Now trailing by three, Kansas State had a leadoff single from Ryan Saltzgaber in the bottom of the sixth combine with two UT errors to plate a score and make it a 3-1 ballgame. Looking to respond, the Horns loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh via three singles, including two bunt base hits, before Johnston came through with a sacrifice fly to right to give Texas a 4-1 advantage. While KSU starter Jim Ripley worked out of the seventh by allowing only one run in the frame, LeCure matched the effort by retiring seven in a row to send the game to the ninth with the Longhorns still leading by three. After Texas went in order in the top of the ninth frame, the Wildcats saw Brian Patty work a leadoff walk, but LeCure fanned each of the next three batters he faced to cap of the complete-game effort and nail down Texas' 4-1 win. Earning the victory for UT was LeCure, who allowed only one unearned run on four hits over nine innings en route to improving to 6-0 on the year, while Ripley took the loss for Kansas State although fanning five over eight frames of work.

Headlining the Texas offense on the afternoon were Hudson, who went 3-for-5 with one run scored, Johnston, who finished the day by collecting one hit in one official at bay while scoring one run and driving in a pair, and Stubbs, who tallied a pair of hits and scored one run. Meanwhile, KSU had its attack led by Saltzgaber, who registered two of the Wildcats' four hits and also scored KSU's lone run.

Up next, the Horns return home to Disch-Falk Field to face the No. 4 Rice Owls in a 6:05 p.m. game on Tuesday, April 13. Of note, besides being carried like all UT baseball games on 1300 AM "The Zone" in Austin, the Texas/Rice game will also be televised nationally by CSTV.

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