Jayhawks Fall at No. 6 Texas A&M, 3-1
March 27, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
Freshman Alex Cox pitched 6 2/3 innings and both Casey Lytle and James Stanfield had two hits, but it was not enough. Texas A&M center fielder Krey Bratsen, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, drove in the winning run with a single in the fifth inning as the No. 6 Aggies swept the series with a 3-1 triumph at Olsen Field Sunday.
The Jayhawks were swept for the first time this season, dropping to 10-13 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 play, while Texas A&M won its sixth-straight game and improved to 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
Kansas had chances to tie or even take the lead throughout the day, but couldn’t come up with the big hit. KU’s best chance came in the top of the eighth when a pair of Aggie errors and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for senior Brandon Macias. However, Texas A&M relief pitcher Nick Fleece got Macias to strike out on three pitches to end the threat.
The Jayhawks scored their only run of the afternoon earlier in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Waters.
Kansas collected 24 hits against Aggie pitching on the weekend, but scored just three runs.
Cox, KU’s freshman starting pitcher, recorded his first quality start of the season, but took a tough-luck loss. The 6-foot-5 righty went 6 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts. It was the longest outing of Cox’s career.
Jayhawk relievers Wally Marciel, Frank Duncan and Colton Murray combined to hold the Aggies scoreless over the final 1 1/3 innings.
Kansas will look to snap the three-game slide on Wednesday when the team travels to Springfield, Mo., to take on Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Field. The game will be carried live on KLWN (1320 AM) in Lawrence.