No. 27 Baylor Downs Kansas, 10-2, in Big 12 Opener
March 23, 2012
WACO, Texas – Redshirt junior Jake Marasco matched a career high with four hits, however Baylor catcher Josh Ludy went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the 27th-ranked Bears past Kansas, 10-2, in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener at Baylor Ballpark Friday afternoon.
The Jayhawks fall to 10-11 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while Baylor improves to 16-7 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12 after sweeping Texas Tech in its opening conference series.
Baylor jumped out to an early lead on a two-run single by Ludy in the first inning and then rode its starting pitcher – Josh Turley – to the win. The sophomore lefty held Kansas scoreless over the first 5 2/3 innings on six hits, improving to 3-0 on the season.
Marasco led the Kansas offense, going 4-for-4 for the second time in his career. The redshirt junior was also perfect in four at bats against Iowa on March 7, 2010.
Leading 4-0 in the seventh, the Bears busted the game open with five runs in the inning against two Kansas relievers. Third baseman Cal Towey had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single with the bases loaded, while Ludy chipped in an RBI double as BU unloaded on the Jayhawk bullpen.
Kansas answered with two runs in the eighth, but it was not nearly enough. Sophomore Ka’iana Eldredge led off the inning with a single and then came around to score on an error, while Marasco’s fourth hit of the day was an RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to 9-2.
KU starting pitcher Frank Duncan suffered his third loss of the season, going six innings and allowing four runs on four hits.
The Jayhawks will look to even the series Saturday at 4:05 p.m., in Waco.