No. 22 Texas A&M Knocks Off Kansas, 6-4
April 2, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Senior second baseman Robby Price went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, but it was not enough. Texas A&M used a pair of three-run innings to knock off Kansas, 6-4, in a Big 12 baseball game Friday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Aggies snapped KU’s four-game winning streak, improving to 18-8 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12. Kansas fell to 3-2 in conference play and 18-10 overall.
Kansas has used late inning rallies to win games during its recent stretch. However, a four-run deficit in the ninth Friday turned out to be too big of a hill to climb.
KU fought back valiantly against Texas A&M closer John Stilson. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Price recorded his third hit of the evening with a double down the left field line with James Stanfield and Zac Elgie on base in front of him to cut the lead to 6-4 and get the tying run to the plate.
However, Stilson picked up his sixth victory of the season by inducing a game-ending ground out off the bat of Brian Heere.
The Texas A&M sophomore entered the game in the fifth inning with two men on and promptly walked Price and Heere to bring the Jayhawks within one run. However, following the walk to Heere with two outs in the fifth, Stilson set down the next seven Jayhawks he faced allowing his offense to build a 6-2 lead.
Kansas got on the board in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by Price and Heere.
The Aggies took the lead in the fourth as Kenny Jackson, Kevin Gonzalez and Scott Arthur delivered RBI hits. A&M put the game out of reach in the seventh with a two-run single off the bat of Adam Smith, which also chased KU starter Cameron Selik.
Selik pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with a career-high eight strikeouts.
The Jayhawks will look to take their second-straight Big 12 series on Saturday when the teams play the rubber game of the three-game series at 11 a.m. The game can be heard on radio station KLWN (1320 AM).