KSU-UT: Redemption Day

By Glenn Tanner - March 24, 2007

Welcome to game two of the series between Kansas State and Texas. It's a breezy 78 degrees here in Austin with partly cloudy skies. The weather can't be much better, and Kansas State is hoping that the game goes a little better than it did yesterday.

Kansas State headed into their Big 12 opener yesterday with a sparkling 17-4 record. Though they had lost their only two games against ranked opposition (Arizona State), the Wildcats still sported a very solid #31 RPI ranking. In short, this series looked a lot more interesting than it did when the schedules came out.

Last night, though, the game went about like most Texas fans thought it would when they looked at the schedule in February. Scorching Longhorns Brad Suttle (.431 BA) and Kyle Russell (14 HR's, .928 SLG) both homered, and pitcher James Russell had an outstanding start as Texas built a 10-0 lead before the Wildcats put three runs on the board in the ninth.

Today, the Wildcats will try to redeem themselves. Chase Bayuk gets the start on the mound. He has a 2-0 record with an outstanding 1.24 ERA in five starts. He's been hard to hit, with only 18 hits allowed in 29 innings, but he has also walked 18, which usually spells trouble against the patient Longhorn hitters. Offensively, the Wildcats are lead by cleanup hitter Byron Wiley, who boasts a .400 BA and a Big 12-leading .538 OBP.

The Longhorns will send veteran Adrian Alaniz to the mound. Alaniz, who started the championship-clinching game of the 2005 CWS, has been outstanding this season with a 6-1 record and a 2.21 ERA.

Warmups have just ended and we'll be starting momentarily. Back in a while...

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 02:49 PM on March 24, 2007

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