KSU-UT: K-State Tightens It Up

By Glenn Tanner - March 25, 2007

Though Texas brought on closer Randy Boone to start the 7th, Kansas State plated two runs in the inning to cut the Longhorn lead to one. We head into the 8th with Texas holding a 9-8 lead.

Rob Vaughn led off the 7th with his third hit of the day (he needs a triple for the cycle) and Derek Bunker followed with a single. Both runners moved up on a ground out, then Vaughn scored on a sac fly, and Bunker came home on Justin Bloxom's two-out single, his third hit of the day.

This time, Texas was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.

The radar shows that showers could start any minute, but any rain should be light enough to avoid affecting play.

Random thoughts from UT's media guide...
Looking through the season-by-season records, you can see how college baseball has changed. Until the 70's, it doesn't appear that the NCAA needed a maximum games limit -- Texas played only 28 games in 1967. The schedules started to blow up in the 70's, peaking in size in the Longhorns' 66-14 national title year in 1983. The schedules have also changed in timing and composition. Doubleheaders were very common in the 70's and early 80's, and most non-conference series were two-day, four-game series. Big name non-conference opponents were also rare -- most of the foes were Texas schools, and many are what are now D-II or D-III programs (Texas Lutheran, Trinity, St. Mary's, Lubbock Christian, Texas Wesleyan). While the Longhorn program was one of the nation's best in the 70's, those gaudy records of 50-7, 54-8, and 56-6 were partially fueled by non-conference schedules that would even make Mike Martin blush.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:45 PM on March 25, 2007

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