Thursday, May 24, 2007

Those Aluminum Bats Sure are Useful

The Longhorns opened the Big XII baseball tournament yesterday in a real pitching duel, as Texas improved to 1-0 in Group A, defeating Kansas State 19-10. The 19 runs marked the most ever by the Longhorns in a Big XII tournament, and also marked what we've long suspected, it sucks to pitch against aluminum bats.

Texas, realizing it potentially has 5 games in 3 days, sent Kyle Walker to the mound to attempt to save some arms for later in the week against some tougher foes. Texas of course got what they paid for, by sending Walker and his 1-0 and 10.80 era to the mound. After one inning of service Texas was down 4-0. Trailing 4-1 in the third inning, Texas behind back to back triples scored a touchdown and a field goal to take what one would think would be an insurmountable lead at 11-4.

It appeared that way behind five scoreless innings by reliever Joseph Krebs. Then up 11-4 in the 8th inning, it once again is time to dig deep into that unused part of your bullpen. What did Augie Garrido find? Pat McCrory, who was good for 2/3 of an inning and 5 runs. However, up 13-10, in the bottom of the 8th, Texas was able to tack on another touchdown to make it 19-10. No word on how the extra point was botched.

When your team pounds out 17 hits and 19 runs, I suppose it's only worth noting the players with at least 2 hits, which would be Jordan Danks (3-3, 2 RBI), Kyle Russell (2-4, 2 RBI), Chance Wheeless (3-4, 4 RBI), Russell Moldenhauer (2-4, 2 RBI), Chais Fuller (2-6), and Nick Peoples (2-4, 2 RBI). Kansas State used 8 pitchers in all, the last 2 being off the grounds crew at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. All together they combined to give up 17 hits, 10 walks, facing 52 batters, and throwing 214 pitches. All in all, it was a solid days work.

Texas will next face the #5 seed Texas A&M who they just swept a week ago. A&M is 0-1 after losing to Nebraska 5-3 yesterday. We'll also be sure to keep an eye on Kansas State to see if they can set some sort of record for runs given up in a Big XII Tournament.

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