Late Runs Lift No. 20 Texas A&M Past KU
March 30, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Texas A&M third baseman Dane Carter lined a two-run single in the center field in the top of the eighth to break an eight-all tie and lead the 20th-ranked Aggies to a 10-8 triumph over Kansas Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The win improves the Aggies to 21-6 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12, while the Jayhawks fall to 18-12 and 1-5 in conference play.
After surrendering six runs in the first two innings, KU rallied and held an 8-6 lead in the seventh. However, Darby Brown’s two-run homer with two outs tied the game at eight.
In the next inning, Kevin Gonzalez singled to right and Kyle Colligan doubled down the left field line. After a strikeout, Carter lined a 2-2 fastball up the middle to score both runs and give the Aggies the series sweep.
It marked the first time KU has been swept at home since 2005.
The Jayhawks, who trailed 6-0 after the top of the second, scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning to grab the lead. KU sent 13 men to the plate in the second inning as Preston Land delivered a two-run double while John Allman, Buck Afenir, Ryne Price and Robby Price all had RBI hits in the inning.
KU stretched the lead to 8-6 in the sixth inning on Erik Morrison’s RBI hit. The senior short stop was one of seven different Jayhawk starters to drive in a run Sunday.
After spotting Texas A&M a six-run lead, freshman right-hander T.J. Walz came out of the Kansas bullpen and dominated the opposition for 4 2/3 innings. At one point, the freshman retired nine men in a row, broken on a two-out single by Gonzalez.
Four different Jayhawks had two hits in the game, while Land drove in a pair of runs with his double in the second inning. KU collected nine hits or more in all three games of the series.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back Tuesday when they play host to No. 11 Wichita State at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.