April Fools: Kansas, Texas A&M Play to 8-8 Tie

April 3, 2010


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Senior Robby Price and juniors Jimmy Waters and Brian Heere each had three hits, however Kansas could not get the clutch hit when it needed it. Due to travel schedules, KU’s rubber game with No. 22 Texas A&M ended in an 8-8 tie after 11 innings Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

The tie, the first by the Jayhawks since 2004, moves KU’s mark to 18-10-1 overall and 3-2-1 in Big 12. The Aggies go to 18-8-1 overall and 5-3-1 in conference play. It marked KU’s first ever tie in a Big 12 game, and just the fourth since 1980.

After Texas A&M scored the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th, KU tied the game on base hits by pinch hitter Zac Elgie, Price and Heere. However, Aggie relief pitcher Jake Feckley struck out Tony Thompson and induced a fly out off the bat of Brett Lisher to end the game at 8-8.

Prior to the game, the teams agreed upon a 2:15 p.m. deadline for an inning to start. Texas A&M had a 5 p.m. flight out of Kansas City.

The Jayhawks nearly won the game in regulation. After Texas A&M scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning off to take a 7-6 lead, Kansas knotted the game at seven on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Price. Brian Heere then launched a fly ball down the left field line that died at the warning track for the final out of the inning.

The game featured four lead changes as Kansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Heere in the bottom of the first.

After A&M took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, Kansas roared back with four runs on the strength of a bases clearing triple by Jimmy Waters.

Waters and Heere each drove in three runs in the game, while Price extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits Saturday.

Senior Brett Bollman got the start for KU, and scattered seven hits over five innings allowing Texas A&M three runs.

Despite allowing the go-ahead run in the 11th, Murray pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the 10th.

The Jayhawks will look to get back on track Tuesday when they play host to Missouri Valley College at 6 p.m.