ASU's lead gone in blink of an eye after Texas rally

June, 16, 2009
The real Texas Longhorns have arrived at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Either that, or that must have been some speech.

Whatever Augie Garrido said to his Longhorns in the dugout as they prepared to face Mike Leake in the top of the fourth inning worked, as they cut Arizona State's lead in half with one swing of Cameron Rupp's bat. The catcher has had a couple of head-scratching errors so far this game, but made amends with a three-run shot off Mike Leake that scored Brandon Loy and Kevin Keyes.

From there it was back to small ball, as the Longhorns used a bevy of singles, bunts and an ASU error to chalk up three more runs to tie the game at 6-6, in the process forcing out Mike Leake. It will go down as the worst outing of the season for Leake, who hadn't given up more than three earned runs all season. And it couldn't have come at a worse time.

Jordan Swagerty came on in relief for Leake and got the Sun Devils out of the inning without going behind, but seeing a 6-0 lead evaporate and your star pitcher get rocked has to be an unsettling feeling.

What happens from here on out is anyone's guess at this rate.



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