April 27, 2003
Austin, Texas -
Ninth-ranked Texas scored seven runs in the first two innings then blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning, as the Longhorns completed the three-game sweep of Kansas State with a 12-1 victory on Sunday afternoon before 5,392 fans at Disch-Falk Field.
The game was called after the top of the seventh inning due to the Big 12 Conference's run rule.
With the win, Texas improved to 35-13 on the season and 16-5 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State dropped to 12-29 overall and 2-16 in league action.
With the win, the Longhorns swept the season series for the fourth straight season and ran their winning streak over the Wildcats to 12 dating back to 1999. The Wildcats, who dropped to 1-15 away from home, have now lost 11 straight on the road, including nine in a row in conference play.
Kansas State took its first lead of the weekend in the top of the first inning with a run on two hits. Junior outfielder Brad Anzman started the inning by lacing the first pitch from Texas starter Justin Simmons down the right field corner for a double. Junior shortstop Marc Chabot followed with a walk on five pitches. After a strikeout, senior first baseman Tim Doty had an infield single to load the bases. Senior catcher Ryan Baldwin collected his team-leading 45th RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Wildcats' lead was short-lived, as Texas responded with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. After a ground out to start the inning, junior shortstop Omar Quintanilla started things off with a single to centerfield before senior outfielder Dustin Majewski collected the Longhorns' first extra-base hit of the series with a RBI double off the wall in left field. Junior outfielder Eric Sultemeier followed with a single to the hole at shortstop to place runners on the corners. Freshman catcher Taylor Teagarden then executed the perfect squeeze bunt to score Majewski.
Texas blew the game open in the second inning with five runs on four hits. Senior outfielder Joe Ferin and sophomore first baseman Curtis Thigpen led off the inning with back-to-back singles before sophomore designated hitter Scott Dodge drew a walk to load the bases. After a fly-ball out, Quintanilla scored the inning's first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. K-State intentionally walked Majewski to create a force at every base, however, Sultemeier responded with a two-RBI double that went over the wall in right-center field. Teagarden followed with a two-RBI double to centerfield to complete the scoring and raise the lead to 7-1.
The Longhorns pushed their advantage to 11-1 in the fourth inning with four runs on four hits on an error. Moss led off the inning with a single to left field then moved into scoring position with a steal of second. Quintanilla followed with a RBI single up the middle before Majewski reached by being hit by a pitch. Quintanilla scored on the next play, as the first baseman threw the ball away on the attempted steal by Majewski. Teagarden scored the next run on a sacrifice fly to right field. After a walk and hit by pitch, Thigpen and sophomore designated hitter Michael Hollimon had back-to-back RBI singles to complete the scoring.
Texas added a single run on three hits in the fifth inning to push its lead to 12-1.
Majewski had a one-out single up the middle then moved to third on a single up the middle by Teagarden. Sophomore third baseman J.D. Reininger followed with a RBI double off the fence in left field to score Majewski.
Thigpen paced five Longhorns with multiple-hit games, as he went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Teagarden went 2-for-2 with a team-best four RBIs, while Majewski added a 2-for-2 afternoon with a team-high four runs scored.
Senior shortstop Brett Williams led the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 afternoon.
After the rocky starter, Simmons settled in and evened his season record to 4-4 for Texas, as he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings pitched with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Junior right-handed pitcher Andrew Ehling lasted just 1-2/3 innings to drop to 1-2 on the season for Kansas State, as he allowed seven earned runs on seven hits with two walks. In all, the Wildcats used four pitchers on the day.
Kansas State continues its seven-game road swing on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Wichita, Kan., to face Wichita State (31-17) at Eck Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. The Shockers won the two earlier meetings by scores of 14-10 (March 26 in Manhattan) and 13-2 (April 9 in Wichita).