Horns Crush Jayhawks, Top Big 12 Standings

Texas (35-15, 18-4 Big 12) nickel and dimed Kansas (33-20, 10-13 Big 12) throughout the game and then dropped the hammer in the eighth inning to beat the visiting Jayhawks, 11-4.

"We took advantage of all the little things today, offensively," said Longhorn's head coach Augie Garrido.

The first run for Texas came in the bottom of the second when Carson Kainer drew a walk to start off the Texas side of the inning and scored on a Bradley Suttle RBI double.

Kansas threatened in the top of the third inning. With runners on second and third, Kansas shortstop Richie Price tried to squeeze home Preston Land on a bunt, but Texas freshman lefthander Riley Boening threw Land out at the plate. He then struck out the Jayhawks center fielder Matt Baty to end the side. In his six innings of work, Boening didn't allow any runs.

"Usually I can't control my change-up very well, but today it was working pretty well," said Boening. "It felt good."

The Longhorns grabbed another run in the bottom half of the third. After the first two batters were retired, Chance Wheeless singled and then with two outs, Drew Stubbs send a line drive knifing down the right field line and Wheeless showed off his speed, sliding into home plate to give Texas a 2-0 lead.

In the forth Texas doubled it to a 4-0 lead. Once again, the first two batters went down, but the next two, Brett Lewis and Nick Peoples, were each hit by pitches. Both were brought home in the next at bat when Wheeless hit a two-RBI double down the right field line.

Texas got another run in the bottom of the sixth, but in the bottom of the eighth, the flood gates opened. Six Longhorns, Peoples, Lewis, Stubbs, Carson Kainer, Chais Fuller and Bradley Suttle, scored to put the game completely out of reach for Kansas.

"The level of concentration with both pitchers went with the scoreboard," said Garrido. "It's not a criticism as much as a reality. It's hard not to when you're sitting there at 11-1."

Kansas managed to eke out three runs in the top of the ninth, but Jayhawk right fielder Gus Milner fouled out to Kyle Russell to end the game.

While the eleven runs are impressive, Garrido said that he's impressed with how his team pitched and played defense.

"If you're consistently going to win," said Garrido, "you're going to have to control the momentum of the game on the defensive side."

For the Longhorns, Boening (4-1) got the win, pitching six shutout innings and striking out seven batters. Nick Czyz (3-2) was the losing pitcher for Kansas, giving up four earned runs on four hits in three and two-thirds innings pitched.

The final game of the series will be played at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7th.

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