KSU-UT: No Brooms in Austin

By Glenn Tanner - March 25, 2007

Kansas State closer Daniel Edwards did his job efficiently, shutting down Texas over the last two innings and saving the Wildcats' 11-9 stunner here in Austin.

It was a great win for KSU to salvage the weekend. The RPI formula doesn't look at margin of victory, so getting a win in three games this weekend against top competition should boost both the Wildcats' strength of schedule and their overall #31 RPI ranking.

The first three or four innings looked like the first two games -- Texas made big plays and everything seemed to go wrong for Kansas State. But starting with Rob Vaughn's grand slam, Texas fell apart.

What went wrong for Texas?
Four errors, two of which were bona fide bonehead plays.
Closer Randy Boone retired only four batters and was charged with five runs.
And until Austin Wood came on in the 8th, Texas pitchers had zero, zip, nada in the strikeout column today.

Meanwhile, the Wildcat hitters racked up 17 hits, with every starter getting at least one. Rob Vaughn, who came into today batting .182 (8-for-44), went 4-for-4 and raised his average to .261. His fifth inning grand slam was really the blow that got his team off the schneid and gave them confidence, as the Wildcats had wasted chances the previous three innings.

Both teams face a tough Tuesday game before getting back to Big 12 play next weekend. Kansas State will host Wichita State for one, then Texas Tech for three. In what has turned into a really heated rivalry, Texas will host Rice Tuesday night, then will welcome the beloved Oklahoma Sooners to Austin on Friday.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 05:38 PM on March 25, 2007

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