KSU-UT: Salami Surprise

By Glenn Tanner - March 25, 2007

Wow, fortunes really turned for Kansas State in the fifth. Nine-hole hitter Rob Vaughn delivered a grand slam to give the Wildcats a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the weekend, and then KSU got a solo shot to make it 6-4 in the middle of the fifth.

Texas already looks to be mounting a rally in the bottom of the inning, though, with the bases loaded and none out.

Trailing 3-1, K-State continued their run of bad luck in the fourth, as the Wildcats hit into an inning-ending double play for the third inning in a row. With one out, Justin Bloxom got second hit of the day, but Eli Rumler smashed a line drive right to Texas first baseman Chance Wheeless, who stepped on first for an unassisted double play.

The Wildcats finally threw a zero into the Texas linescore in the fourth, thanks to a good defensive play and a base-running blunder. With two out and runners on first and second, Travis Tucker hit a ball deep into hole between short and third. K-State shortstop Drew Biery was able to backhand the ball in shallow left and he kept an eye on Longhorn Josh Prince, who was heading to third. Sure enough, Prince thought the ball had made it through and rounded third. Biery threw to third to nab Prince for the final out.

But in the top of the fifth, the first three Wildcats singled to load the bases with none out. As I sat here wondering how bad luck could kill this threat for the Wildcats, Vaughn poked the first pitch he saw into the Texas bullpen in left. Vaughn had also doubled in the third, so he's having a day.

After Vaughn's bomb, Joe Krebs exited and submariner Keith Shinaberry came on in relief. Two batters later, Drew Biery hit a long fly that caught just enough of a breeze to make it over the wall for a solo homer.

Krebs allowed eight hits and five earned runs in four innings.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:28 PM on March 25, 2007

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