KSU-UT: Broom Time?

By Glenn Tanner - March 25, 2007

Here at Disch-Falk Field in Austin, we're ready for the finale of the Kansas State-Texas series. Texas has rolled through the first two games of the series, winning 10-3 Friday and 14-3 yesterday.

The weather looks slightly ominous, though. Like yesterday, we have temps in the 70's and a southeastern breeze that will please hitters, but today we also have lots of big, thick clouds. The radar shows that most of the heavy rain will likely be to the west, but my amateur meteorological instincts tell me that there's no question it will rain in Austin today; it's only a matter of when and how much. Conference rules prohibit makeup games of Sunday rainouts and K-State has a 5ish travel curfew, so I'd expect that it would take lightening or a serious drencher to halt play today.

Kansas State came into this series sporting a gaudy 17-4 record and a solid #31 RPI ranking, but the Longhorns have treated the Wildcats' 2007 Big XII debut like a team full of Simon Cowells.

The K-State pitching staff brought a sparkling 2.97 team ERA into the weekend, but Texas has scored 24 runs in only 16 innings. Hitting has also been a huge problem, as all six Wildcat runs this weekend have come in the ninth inning.

Sophomore lefty Ben Hornbeck will get the chance to be an unlikely hero today for K-State. Hornbeck is 2-0 in five starts, but has a plump 5.74 ERA. Texas will counter with Joe Krebs. Krebs (4-0, 2.48 ERA, 35 K and 4 BB in 36 innings) started the season filling the long relief role out of the bullpen, but was so effective that he was moved into the weekend rotation last week at Baylor. He pitched five innings in his first start and allowed only one earned run.

It's nearing gametime here, so I'll be back in a few innings with updates.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:51 PM on March 25, 2007

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