A five-run seventh inning by the Texas baseball team broke open a two-run game as the Longhorns clinched their Big 12 series against Kansas State with a 12-5 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.
UT’s Zane Gurwitz was 3 for 5 with a career-high four RBIs and hit a three-run triple in the seventh that put Texas ahead 10-3.
Texas (14-17) improved to 5-3 in Big 12 play and has won two of three conference series. UT will go for a sweep against Kansas State (13-19, 0-8) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Wildcats had made it a two-run game in the bottom of the sixth inning when they plated three runs off a fielder’s choice and a two-run homer by Tyler Moore.
UT’s Ty Culbreth held Kansas State to just two hits through five innings until the rally in the sixth.
Culbreth allowed one more run in the seventh on three singles by Kansas State. He allowed four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts through seven innings.
Texas went ahead 3-0 on a solo homer by Patrick Mathis in the second and back-to-back solo homers by Kody Clemens and Travis Jones in the third. It was the most home runs hit by the Longhorns this season and the second straight game that Clemens had homered.
Texas took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when Bret Boswell drove in Gurwitz, who had doubled, with a single to left field.
Gurwitz gave Texas a 5-0 edge on a single up the middle that plated Kacy Clemens.
Kansas State starter Levi MaVorhis allowed five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings.
Tyler Rand started the rally in the seventh with a single and came around to score on a single by Jones. Tres Barrera followed with a single, and Kaleb Denny was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Mathis, who drew a walk that plated another run.
Gurwitz ripped a two-out triple to right-center that cleared the bases and put the Longhorns up by seven.
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