Cats Corral Longhorns, Move Into First Place tie


After being held scoreless for the first three innings, the Kansas State Wildcats got their bats going in the middle innings and put away the Texas Longhorns in a 9-3 romp on Sunday before 5,710 at Disch-Falk Field.

Austin Fisher led the offensive attack for K-State with three hits while Jared King and Blair DeBord added two apiece to get the Bat Cats a rare series victory in Austin. The other two series wins came in 1997 and 2009. Jared Moore (3-0) picked up the win in relief and three other Wildcats held the Longhorns to just two runs over the final three and one third innings.

When the Wildcats fell to Texas in Saturday’s middle game of the series, they committed five errors. Sunday it was Texas’ turn to make the miscues as the Longhorns committed four errors. With the victory K-State is now in a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 standings with Oklahoma and West Virginia. The Bat Cats won their series with the Mountaineers earlier this season and will face the Sooners during the final weekend of the regular season in Manhattan.

Kansas State (34-15, 11-7) will next be in action on Friday when they open up a three-game series with arch-rival Kansas for the Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence. First pitch on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark will be at 6 p.m.

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