KSU-UT: Shocker in the Making?

By Glenn Tanner - March 25, 2007

Texas closer Randy Boone didn't have it today, and an unbelievable blunder by the Texas defense just allowed Kansas State to take the lead in the 8th. It's now 11-9 Wildcats in the middle of the 8th.

After touching Boone for two runs in the 7th, the Wildcats continued to pick away in the 8th. Pinch hitter Tyler Ruch led off with a walk, and moved to second on a sac bunt. Eddie Vasquez hit a sharp grounder that was headed to right field, but UT second baseman Travis Tucker dove and stopped it. Tucker, however, tried to throw Vasquez out at first, and when his throw bounced away, Ruch rounded third and reached home safely to tie it.

After nine-hole hitter Rob Vaughn got his fourth hit of the day, Austin Wood relieved Boone and got a strike out. On the play, Vasquez somehow ended up in no-man's land between second and third. But instead of running at Vasquez, Texas catcher Preston Clark fired to second, where both middle infielders were bracketing the bag. Both of them just stared at each other, however, allowing the ball to bounce into center, and allowing Vasquez to score the go-ahead run. Another run came home on a Jeff Biery single, and it took a good defensive play by Tucker to get Texas out of the inning.

Daniel Edwards (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 innings, 3 hits, 19 K, 6 saves) is on to try to close it out for the Wildcats.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 05:11 PM on March 25, 2007

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