Big Inning Dooms Kansas Baseball at Arkansas

March 2, 2010

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Arkansas right fielder Jarrod McKinney’s three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning which powered the No. 15 Razorbacks to a 15-3 victory over No. 25 Kansas Tuesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

The Jayhawks snap a four-game winning streak and fall to 4-2, while Arkansas wins its fifth-straight and improves to 6-1 on the season.

Kansas led early, but the Razorbacks scored two runs in the fourth, and five in the fifth with two outs to break the game open. Freshman righty Tanner Poppe retired the first two hitters in the inning, before issuing back-to-back walks.

Relief pitcher Colton Murray came on and induced a fly ball, however the ball was dropped by the Kansas right fielder which plated a run. Two pitches later, McKinney blasted a fastball over the left field wall to give the home team an 8-2 lead.

Kansas scored two runs in the top of the first to grab an early lead. After Robby Price was hit by a pitch, Jimmy Waters doubled to right field on the first pitch he saw with two outs. Senior designated hitter Brett Lisher then stretched the advantage to 2-0 with a sharp single up the middle.

However, the Jayhawk lead was short-lived as the Razorbacks scored single runs in the first and third and then took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk. Kansas pitchers issued 14 walks in the game, the most since the team surrendered 14 walks against Texas Tech on May 2, 2004.

Waters, Lisher, third baseman Jake Marasco and second baseman Robby Price provided two hits each. Waters added a solo home run in the seventh inning to drive in two of KU’s three runs in the game.

The Jayhawks will look to bounce back when it opens a four-game series against Iowa at Hoglund Ballpark. The teams will begin the series with a 3 p.m. contest Friday afternoon.