The Wildcats drew first blood in the home half of the second inning. Justin Bloxom hit a leadoff single and was replaced at first base by Jason King on a fielder's choice groundout. Byron Wiley followed with a single through the right side to put runners at first and second and Adam Muenster broke the scoring seal with a single to centerfield, plating King. The lead ballooned to 2-0 when Carter Jurica drove in Wiley with a sacrifice fly.
Texas (25-18, 9-11 Big 12) trimmed the margign to 2-1 in the third inning. David Hernandez was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Travis Tucker. Torres singled to put runners at the corners and Hernandez scored when Danks was able to leg out a potential double play ball.
Kansas State (20-22, 6-11 Big 12) tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. With Stayton Thomas pitching, Jordan Cruz singled and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Dane Yelovich. A balk and a sacrifice bunt put Yelovich on third. Nate Tenbrink was intentionally walked and after a fielder's choice groundout gave the Wildcats two outs, Jason King drew a walk to load the bases. Brandon Belt relieved Thomas and allowed a two-run single to centerfield by Wiley, inflating the Kansas State cushion to 4-1.
Cole Green (2-4) was saddled with the loss for Texas . He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings.
Brad Hutt (4-3) earned the win, yielding one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out three over eight innings and one batter. Daniel Snyder relieved Hutt with no outs and one runner on base in the ninth inning and forced a fielder's choice groundout by Preston Clark and a double-play ground ball by Rupp.
Wiley paced Kansas State going 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI.
The Longhorns and Wildcats return for the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.