No. 12 Baylor Downs Kansas Baseball 13-2
April 16, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 12 Baylor outhit the Jayhawks, 17-5, and got a strong outing from starting pitcher Mark McCormick as the Bears handed the University of Kansas baseball team a 13-2 defeat on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The loss gives Baylor a 2-0 lead in the three-game set heading into Sunday’s series finale and drops the Jayhawks’ overall record to 24-17 this season and 3-8 in Big 12 play. The victory also moves the Bears into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 with an 11-3 league mark.
Baylor scored first in the contest as it tallied a run in the top of the second inning when left fielder Reid Brees drew a leadoff walk from Kansas starter Sean Land and came around to score later in the frame on an RBI single by third baseman Kevin Russo.
The Bears added three more runs in the top of the third inning to open a 4-0 advantage.
Land (3-4) was replaced by senior Clint Schambach in the top of the fourth inning and finished the game with three innings pitched and allowed three earned runs on four hits while striking out two.
Second baseman Michael Griffin gave Baylor a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a RBI single.
McCormick (5-2) picked up the win for Baylor, scattering two runs on four hits in six innings of work.
The Jayhawks battled back to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior outfielder Gus Milner drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and moved to third base in the next at bat on a RBI double off the bat of fellow outfielder A.J. Van Slyke. Milner scored two batters later on a RBI single by senior first baseman Andy Scholl and freshman second baseman Ryne Price plated Van Slyke with a sacrifice fly to deep right field.
Baylor responded with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth inning to regain a five run lead at 7-2. The runs were charged to Schambach but were both unearned as the inning started with a throwing error by Jayhawk third baseman Erik Morrison.
The Bears plated six runs in the game’s final two innings to post the game’s final score of 13-2.
Kansas and Baylor will conclude the three game set will a 1:00 pm match-up Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. Kansas will send junior right-handed pitcher Kodiak Quick (8-3) to the mound to face Baylor left-hander Cory VanAllan (6-2).