No. 6 Texas Rallies Past Kansas, 3-2 in 11 innings

April 9, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas –

Despite three hits each from junior Brian Heere and senior Brett Lisher, Texas left fielder Tim Maitland’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted sixth-ranked Texas past Kansas, 3-2 in a thrilling series opener Friday night at Disch-Falk Field in front of 6,446 fans.

Kansas falls to 19-11-1 overall, and 3-3-1 in the Big 12, while the Longhorns improve to 24-7 and 8-2 in conference play.

The Jayhawks led 2-0 after six, and 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but couldn’t hold off the `Horns.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Texas came up with the tying run on an RBI double by Russell Moldenhauer. Prior to the ninth, Kansas starting pitcher T.J. Walz had allowed just one run on five hits, however the Longhorns came up with back-to-back base hits off the bats of Kevin Keyes and Moldenhauer.

Texas won the game in the 11th, when pinch hitter Jordan Weymouth tripled with one out and scored on Maitland’s sac fly.

The loss wasted a brilliant pitching effort by Walz. The Kansas junior went 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts, taking a no-decision. After allowing a one-out single in the first inning, Walz retired the next 13 hitters he faced.

Entering a bases loaded jam with one out, sophomore relief pitcher Colton Murray sent the game to extra innings by fanning Jordan Etier and Cohl Walla. Murray, who eventually took the loss struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Kansas scored its runs on a Tony Thompson sacrifice fly in the third inning and a solo homer by Lisher in the fourth. The senior first baseman entered the game in an 0-for-17 slump in conference play, but collected three of KU’s 11 hits.

The Jayhawks had chances to add to their lead, but left 13 men on base in the game, including seven over the final four innings.

Texas scored their first run after a two-out error and a pair of hits by Keyes and Moldenhauer in the seventh.

Senior second baseman Robby Price extended his hitting streak to 15 games – just one off the longest of his career – by collecting a single with two outs in the 11th inning.

Kansas will look to even the series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the second game of the three-game series in Austin.