By Ryan Tewes
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 4 Texas Baseball pounded out 13 hits to cruise to a 15-1 win over Kansas State on Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns (24-8, 9-2) have won four Big 12 Conference series to start the season and seven-straight overall.
The Longhorns were bolstered by a strong start from Tristan Stevens, while Mike Antico, Douglas Hodo III and Murphy Stehly each had two-hit games.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead when Antico led off the Longhorn first with a solo home run to deep right-center that hit halfway up the scoreboard.
The Longhorns sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring seven runs to give Texas an 8-0 lead. Dylan Campbell and Antico led off the frame with back-to-back walks and Eric Kennedy reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Zach Zubia drew a four-pitch walk to bring home Campbell and Silas Ardoin followed with a base hit to center to score Antico. Kennedy scored on an Ivan Melendez groundout to short, then Hodo drove in another pair of runs with a base hit to left. After a pitching change, Lance Ford reached with a base hit up the middle and Stehly singled through the left side to score Hodo and advance Ford to third. Campbell came up to bat again and ripped a double to center to plate Ford.
A five-run fourth inning for Texas made it 13-0, highlighted by a two-run blast from Melendez. Zubia drew his third walk of the game and then stole second. Two batters later, Melendez crushed a ball off the top of the monster in center, his fifth-straight game with a home run and his sixth round-tripper of the season. Hodo followed with a single to center and moved to second when Ford drew a four-pitch walk. Stehly brought both of them home with a hard-hit ball to the gap in right-center for the first triple of his career. Campbell drove in Stehly on a sacrifice fly to center that closed out the scoring in the inning.
Kansas State (17-13, 2-6) got on the board in the sixth with a solo home run to left-center field, cutting the Texas lead to 13-1.
Texas added two more runs in the seventh to give the Longhorns a 15-1 lead. With one out, Antico singled to center and Peter Geib drew a pinch-hit walk. Zubia smacked a ball through the middle to load the bases, then DJ Petrinsky singled to left to bring home Antico. Melendez wore a pitch to bring in the final run.
Stevens (5-1) was solid on the hill for Texas, allowing eight hits and one run in seven innings of work. Lucas Gordon pitch two shutout innings out of the bullpen, striking out three and allowing one hit.
The 15 runs scored are the most in a Big 12 game for the Longhorns since 2016, as every Texas starter in the batting order had at least one hit and scored a run.
Texas and K-State will close out the series on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with first pitch set for 1 p.m.