Muncy's Two-Run Double Foils Jayhawks, 8-6
March 25, 2012
WACO, Texas – Baylor first baseman Max Muncy collected four hits Sunday, including a two-run double down the right field line which plated the winning runs as No. 27 Baylor completed a three-game sweep with an 8-6 win over Kansas Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The game ended in the bottom of the eighth after Muncy’s two-run hit, because the teams had decided that they would not start another inning after 4:15 p.m. local time. Muncy’s hit essentially became a walk-off as KU would not have an opportunity to tie in the top of the ninth.
The Jayhawks fall to 10-13 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12, while Baylor wins its seventh-straight game to improve to 18-7 overall and 6-0 in conference play.
Baylor scored six runs over the first three innings to grab a 6-1 lead, but the Jayhawks rallied to tie the game on Alex DeLeon’s solo homer to left field in the seventh. It was DeLeon’s first home run of the season and KU’s first extra base hit of the weekend.
However in the eighth, Baylor put runners on first and second with two outs and Muncy drove them both home with a line drive down the right field line, just beyond the reach of KU first baseman Jake Marasco. It was the Baylor first baseman’s fourth hit of the day in five trips to the plate.
Trailing 6-1 after four, KU’s bats came alive in the fifth. The Jayhawks used five singles and an error to score four runs, cutting the deficit to 6-5. Tucker Tharp started the inning with a sharp single to center field and came around to score when Kevin Kuntz’ base hit was misplayed by the Baylor right fielder. A sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 6-3.
KU then loaded the bases on back-to-back hits by James Stanfield and DeLeon and a walk to Marasco, setting up Zac Elgie’s soft line drive up the middle that plated two.
Kansas relief pitcher Robert Kahana pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, which allowed the Jayhawks to tie the game after the Bears scored six runs against KU starter Wes Benjamin. Kahana pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth and shut the Bear offense down in the sixth and seventh innings.
DeLeon led the Kansas offense, collecting three hits, including his first homer of the season. Elgie, Stanfield and Tharp each chipped in two hits for Kansas.
The Jayhawks will look to get back on track on Tuesday when they travel to Missouri State for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference game in Springfield, Mo. Fans can listen to the game live on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access.