K-State battles to early tie as weather clears

June, 1, 2009
HOUSTON -- Kansas State has battled back after falling behind early to forge a 2-2 tie with Rice after three innings in the championship game of the Houston Regional.

Rice jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Brock Holt doubled and scored when Rick Hague followed with an RBI single. Hague scored later in the inning on Michael Fuda's sacrifice fly.

But KSU kept pecking away. Jason King's leadoff homer in the second inning pulled the Wildcats within 2-1. And they added another run and chased Rice starter Mark Haynes, who struggled with control when he hit two straight batters to load the bases. Haynes appeared to have pitched his way out of problems by coaxing slow-footed KSU first baseman Justin Bloxom into bouncing into an apparent inning-ending double play. But Haynes was slow to leave the pitching mound to cover first, allowing Adam Muenster to score.

After some early struggles, KSU starting pitcher Thomas Rooke has settled down. After allowing hits to the first two batters, Rooke has allowed just one hit in the rest of the game.

The weather appears to have cleared, so it should not be a factor for the rest of the game.



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