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UT's Ruffin Shuts Down Kansas
May 21, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY Top-seeded Texas earned a 9-3 win over No. 5 Kansas Thursday in the second day of games at the 2009 Big 12 Baseball Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Texas starting pitcher Chance Ruffin was a key throughout the game, pitching a complete game while giving up only four hits. Ruffin, who improved to 9-2, has two complete games on the year, with his last coming against Stanford on March 6.

T.J. Walz took the loss for the Jayhawks and dropped to 8-2.

Ruffin also had help from the Longhorn offense, which jumped on top early with two runs in the top of the first inning when Brandon Belt hit his eighth homerun of the year over the rightfield wall.

Texas extended its lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth inning, scoring one run when Brandon Loy singled to right center to bring in Russell Moldenhauer. UT added three more the following at-bat when Cameron Rupp homered to right center.

The Jayhawks responded in the bottom of the inning when David Narodowski led off with a solo homer to left center, his second roundtripper of the Big 12 Championship.

With Texas leading 6-1, the Longhorn hitters added another pair of runs in the fifth inning. Michael Torres led off with a double to left center and came around to score after a Travis Tucker single. Loy then got his second RBI of the game, hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Belt and extend the Longhorn lead to 8-1.

The Jayhawks made an effort to come back in the bottom of the eighth, as Nick Faunce tripled to left center to bring in Preston Land. Faunce then scored on a past ball to make the score 8-3, but the Jayhawks couldn’t manage to score again.

Texas tacked on another run in the ninth to sit at 9-3 before KU put up a defensive gem with a triple play. With no outs and runners on first and second, Tucker lined out to the shortstop, who tossed the ball to the second baseman, who then made the throw to first to achieve the first triple play in Big 12 Championship history. It was also the first triple play for Kansas since 1999.

Texas and Kansas both play again Saturday in the Big 12 Baseball Championship, with the Longhorns taking on No. 4 Kansas State at 12:30 p.m. and the Jayhawks playing No. 8 Baylor at 9 a.m.

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