KSU-UT: Bad Trip

By Glenn Tanner - March 24, 2007

Kansas State's trip to Austin is not going well. The Wildcats are halfway to the 10-0 hole they fell into last night, trailing Texas 5-0 after two innings now.

Kansas State started well, as singles by Derek Bunker and Drew Biery put runners at the corners with one out and cleanup hitter Byron Wiley at the plate. But you know that stupid fake-to-third-and-whirl-first pickoff play that never works? Well, it worked, as Biery took off for second as soon as pitcher Adrian Alaniz lifted his foot. He was a dead duck for the second out, and Wiley fanned to make it three.

Texas scored two runs quickly, as their first four hitters (Travis Tucker, John Danks, Chance Wheeless, and Brad Suttle) singled. (Wheeless and Danks actually batted out of order in the first, but no one in the KSU dugout noticed it until their second time up when they batted in the correct order.) Wildcats pitcher Chase Bayuk settled down to get the next three hitters out, but ran into more trouble in the second.

Bayuk walked the leadoff hitter in the second, and after a popout, Longhorn Travis Tucker smashed a grounder up the middle. The KSU shortstop dove for the ball and missed it by inches, but the KSU centerfielder was shaded way towards right field and also took a bad angle to the ball. It rolled past him and to the wall, and Tucker was credited with an RBI triple. Bayuk walked two more to load the bases and paid for it when Preston Clark lined a two-run single.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:13 PM on March 24, 2007

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