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Longhorns baseball rallies late but Wildcats win

Posted March 30th, 2018

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The Longhorns baseball team scored seven runs with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, but a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the inning lifted Kansas State to an 11-10 win in Manhattan, Kan., on Friday night.

Cameron Thompson put an exclamation point on his night with the winning hit against Beau Ridgeway. Ridgeway didn’t give the Longhorns much of a chance to extend the game. He allowed a hit to start the inning and hit two consecutive batters to load the bases.

Tate Shaw started the ninth with a single and ended it with a bases-clearing double to tie the game as Texas nearly pulled off an improbable comeback.

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Trailing 10-3, Zach Zubia came through with an RBI single to plate Shaw. Andy McGuire hit a two-run single after that to make it 10-6. With the bases loaded, Jacob McKenzie drew a walk to pull Texas to within three runs.

The Wildcats looked to have the game in hand as they pounded out 13 hits and led by seven runs to start the ninth.

Thompson ended the game 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Trent McMaster went 2-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs. Dylan Watts went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Texas had another rough performance from its starting pitcher. Nolan Kingham lasted just two innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Every hit he gave up was a double. Kingham struck out two of the nine batters he faced.

Nico O’Donnell came on in relief, but it was more of the same. He gave up three runs on one hit, a home run, and issued three walks.

Shaw finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double and three RBIs. McGuire was another bright spot for Texas, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a home run and three RBIs. Texas had three extra-base hits. Meanwhile, the Wildcats had three doubles, a triple and a home run.

With the Wildcats leading 2-1 in the third, McMaster hit a three-run homer to make it 5-1. After Texas scored two runs in the fourth, Watts hit a two-run single to make it 7-3 in the sixth. McMaster came through again later that inning with a two-run single to give the Wildcats a six-run lead.

The Wildcats added a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, which proved to be valuable insurance.

The Longhorns baseball team will try to take a win in the series finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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