Texas shortstop Masen Hibbeler stands ready for a play against Kansas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 17, 2018. JAMIE HARMS / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas baseball drops series opener with K-State

Posted March 29th, 2018

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A three-run second inning helped the Kansas State Wildcats defeat the Texas baseball team 5-2 in the series opener in Manhattan, Kan., on Thursday.

Kody Clemens hit two doubles, but it wasn’t enough as the Longhorns (16-11, 5-2 Big 12) managed just five hits.

TK McWhertor led the Wildcats (14-12, 1-3), going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Brett Owen also drove in two runs and doubled. Rainer Ausmus went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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Kasey Ford earned the win for Kansas State, allowing one run on just two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Wildcats bullpen gave up three hits after Ford’s exit.

Texas starter Blair Henley had his shortest outing of the season, allowing four runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up three doubles to the Wildcats as they picked up their first Big 12 win.

A double by McWhertor drove in the Wildcats’ first run before Owen’s double added two more to make it 3-0 in the second.

Tate Shaw’s single in the third allowed Austin Todd to get the Longhorns on the scoreboard. Shaw finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

After Kansas State added another run in the fourth, the Longhorns pulled to within two in the seventh. Masen Hibbeler hit a sacrifice fly that let Jake McKenzie score.

With runners at the corners in the bottom of the eighth, a wild pitch by Parker Joe Robinson allowed the Wildcats to plate another.

Clemens hit his second double of the game with two outs in the ninth. That was the only hit reliever Tyler Eckberg gave up as he earned the save in two innings of work.

The Texas baseball team will resume the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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