The Longhorns may not have won a single game against Kansas or Kansas State during the regular season, but the Horns beat the Jayhawks and Wildcats on back-to-back days at the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City and are now headed to the Big 12 Championship Game following Saturday’s 4-2 win over Kansas State.
KSU Wildcats 2 (41-16-1) 000 020 000 – 2r 6h 0e Texas Longhorns 4 (40-13-1) 000 111 01X – 4r 8h 4e Box score
How Texas won – Key late-game hits and a gem from Taylor Jungmann.
Heading into the bottom of fifth inning, the Longhorns trailed Kansas State 2-1. But both the pitchers Texas sent to the mound Saturday, Jungmann and closer Austin Wood, didn’t allow another run. Meanwhile, Texas batters put up another three runs, starting with the bottom half of the fifth, when Connor Rowe brought home Kevin Keyes on an RBI single. The next inning Brandon Loy added an RBI single of his own, scoring Brandon Belt, and then put up another RBI single in the eighth, this time scoring Travis Tucker, giving Texas the 4-2 win. Texas also won the game despite committing four errors in the field.
MVP on the mound – Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
After putting up nine runs in each of the first two games at Bricktown, the Horns scored just four Saturday, but that was more an enough thanks to a big performance from Jungmann. The Longhorn freshman gave up five hits and just a single earned run in his 7.2 innings on the mound.
MVP at the plate – Brandon Loy, SS, Texas
The Horns’ got what they need from their batters Saturday, but Loy was the only Texas player with more than one hit and he also knocked in both of the Longhorns’ final two runs.
Texas will take on Missouri for the Big 12 Tournament Championship Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.