Baseball

Texas Swept By Kansas

The Texas Baseball team lost on Sunday, 4-3, at Kansas, allowing the Jayhawks to complete a sweep of the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

Game 1 – Friday: Kansas 5, Texas 4

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Game 2 – Saturday: Kansas 4, Texas 3

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Game 3 – Sunday: Kansas 4, Texas 3

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How Texas got swept – Lack of clutch hitting

The problem certainly wasn’t overall hitting or overall pitching. The Longhorns may have been swept, but they lost every game by just one run. The problem was that Texas didn’t score a single run in the eighth or ninth inning of any game in the series. Of course, neither did the Jayhawks, but with the small lead Kansas held in each game, the onus was on the Horns, but Texas came up short.

Texas did manage to get five runners on base over those innings, but was unable to bring any of them home, resulting in three one-run losses.

Series MVP on the mound – Paul Smyth, Closer, Kansas

Overall, Kansas didn’t have vastly superior pitching to the Longhorns. Every starter in each game, whether they be in burnt orange or blue, gave up three or more runs while they were on the mound. What this series came down to was hitting in the clutch and Smyth was lights out over the weekend, closing out all three games for the Jayhawks and getting the save each time.

Series MVP at the plate – Kevin Keyes, OF, Texas

His team may not have won a single game in the series, but no player did more damage at the plate than the 6-4, 225-pound Texas right fielder. Texas scored 10 runs over the weekend and six of them were knocked in by Keyes, who belted a pair of huge homeruns to keep Texas alive and crossed the plate three times himself.

Up next

Texas next plays on Tuesday against Dallas Baptist. First pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk field is set for 6:00 p.m. The Horns then remain at home for next weekend’s Big 12 series against Texas Tech.