MANHATTAN, Kan. — No. 7 Texas Baseball held a 5-1 lead before Kansas State scored seven unanswered runs to win 8-5 on Thursday at Tointon Family Ballpark.
The Longhorns (25-11, 5-5) will look to even the series with the Wildcats on Friday at 6 p.m.
Skyler Messinger went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Silas Ardoin went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Ardoin along with Dylan Campbell and Douglas Hodo III all homered in the game.
Texas struck first with two runs on three hits in the second inning. Stehly singled to left before Ardoin singled to center field to put two runners on. After a sacrifice bunt by Austin Todd, Messinger drove in the runs with an RBI single up the middle.
Ardoin extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo homer to left field to start the fourth inning.
Pete Hansen’s first eight outs were recorded on strikeouts before a groundout to end the third inning. The Wildcats got their first run of the game on a solo homer to start the fourth inning. The run snapped a streak of 19-consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
Texas extended the lead out to 5-1 when Campbell and Hodo hit back-to-back homers in the top of the fifth. It was the fourth-time this season that the Longhorns hit back-to-back homers.
K-State scored two runs in the sixth to trim the Longhorns lead to 5-3. Texas had a great chance to get the run back in the seventh but had a runner thrown out at home.
Kansas State jumped all over the No. 7 Texas with a five-run bottom of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. The five-run seventh was enough to separate the two teams.