It appears the 12-day layoff between games did wonders for the Texas Longhorns.
Texas hitters collected a season-high 19 hits, and pitchers Dillon Peters and Morgan Cooper combined to throw a no-hitter as the Longhorns rolled over Kansas State 12-0.
Peters (6-3), who missed his last start versus West Virginia with an illness, showed no signs of rust while limiting the Wildcats to three walks over seven innings. He struck out eight. Copper worked the last two innings to preserve Texas’ first no-hitter since Brandon Workman in 2009.
Texas (35-15, 12-10 Big 12) got home runs from Madison Carter and Kacy Clemens. Clemens hit a three-run bomb in the ninth to close out the scoring for the Longhorns. Carter was 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Tres Barrera finished 3-4 with two runs scored. CJ Hinojosa also had three hits and scored twice.
Every Texas starter had a hit. Mark Payton extended his reached-base streak to 89 games with an eighth inning single.
Kansas State (24-29, 4-18 Big 12) could not solve Peters. The Wildcats never threatened, and have dropped 11 straight. The loss eliminated Kansas State from the Big 12 postseason tournament.
Texas blew the game open with three-run innings in the fourth and fifth. Barrera led off the fourth with a double and scored on a Carter single. One out later, Carter scored on a Hinojosa single. Zane Gurwitz’s two-out single scored Hinojosa to give Texas a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth, Barrera and Carter drew two-out walks. Colin Shaw singled to score Barrera. Carter scored on a balk, followed by a Hinojosa single that scored Shaw to extend the Texas lead to 7-0.
With Friday’s victory, Texas is set to face Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday, May 21.
Nathan Thornhill is scheduled to take the mound today.