Jayhawks Complete Doubleheader Sweep of Oklahoma State, 5-4
March 20, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Senior Jimmy Waters went 3-for-4 and drove in what proved to be the winning run, while junior Colton Murray earned his second victory of the season by pitching the final four innings as Kansas knocked off Oklahoma State, 5-4, to sweep a Big 12 doubleheader from Oklahoma State Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. KU also won the first game, 7-2.
Kansas improved to 9-10 on the season and 2-1 in the Big 12 with the victory, the loss dropped the Cowboys to 14-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Big 12. This is the third-straight year the Jayhawks have won their first Big 12 series of the season.
Kansas got on the scoreboard first with a two-run single in the fourth inning by junior Zac Elgie, who had four hits combined in the doubleheader. After Casey Lytle led off the inning with a single, Waters singled to left and moved into scoring position on a Jake Marasco sacrifice bunt. Elgie slammed a 1-0 pitch up the middle to plate both runners.
The Cowboys would answer back in the top half of the fifth with a two-run double by catcher Jared Womack. However, that tie would not last for long. In the bottom half of the inning with the bases loaded, Waters drove home Kaiana Eldredge who tripled earlier in the inning to make it 3-2 KU.
After OSU tied the game again, Chris Manship’s two out double, which followed a walk to Alex DeLeon, plated the go-ahead run in the sixth.
The Jayhawks would add to their lead in the bottom of the seventh after two errors in the field put senior Casey Lytle on third with one out. Fellow senior Jimmy Waters would bring Lytle home with a double down the right field line to make it 5-3, Kansas.
The Cowboys made one last attempt at coming back in the top of the ninth as catcher Jared Womack would make it 5-4 with a sacrifice fly. The Cowboys put runners on the corners with two outs but Kansas reliever Murray shut down the OSU offense, getting right fielder Randy McCurry to fly out to right to end the game.
Murray pitched four innings of relief, allowing two runs on five hits. This marked the junior’s first outing of the season in which he did not record a strikeout.
Freshman Alex Cox gave Ritch Price’s team five quality innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with six strike outs.
Waters and Elgie both enjoyed multi-hit and multi-RBI days as Kansas improved to 4-1 this season on Sunday.