Texas’ six-game winning streak had a controversial ending.
Texas lost for the first time in seven games on Saturday as Kansas handed it a 2-1 defeat. With the loss at Kansas’ Hoglund Ballpark, Texas (19-11) fell to 4-4 in Big 12 play and 4-8 in one-run games.
The Longhorns gathered seven hits against three Kansas pitchers, and the final hit was recorded on the game’s final play. With pinch-runner Tyler Rand on second base in the ninth inning, Tate Shaw drove a two-out single into left field. Kansas outfielder Devin Foyle came up throwing after fielding the baseball, and Rand was called out at home.
Rand immediately argued the call with umpire Jason Millsap. A replay indicated that Kansas catcher Jaxx Groshans never tagged Rand. (Whether or not Rand touched the home plate was also a close call).
OUT AT THE PLATE!!!!!
— Occupy LF (@OccupyLF) April 1, 2017
The play at the plate closed out an inning in which Texas junior Michael Cantu drove in a run with a pinch-hit double. Kansas (11-15; 2-3) scored its two runs in the fourth and sixth innings, although the one run it got against UT starting pitcher Morgan Cooper was unearned. Cooper took the loss, but struck out seven over five innings.
Texas and Kansas will close out their three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Longhorn freshman Blair Henley (2-2, 4.30) is set to start against Jackson Goodard (2-1, 4.15). Austin-area fans can tune into the game on 104.9 FM and 1260 AM.
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