Jayhawks Drop Heartbreaker to No. 12 Baylor, 3-2
April 17, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior pitcher Kodiak Quick turned in an outstanding pitching performance and took a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning but Jayhawks could not close out No. 12 Baylor, as the University of Kansas baseball team fell to the Bears, 3-2, on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The loss drops KU’s overall record to 24-18 this season and 3-9 in league play, while Baylor remains in first place in the Big 12 improving their overall record to 24-13 and 12-3 in conference action.
Baylor tallied the game’s first run in the top of the third inning on a RBI double off the bat of catcher Zach Dillon.
Kansas junior center fielder Gus Milner tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, as he led off the inning with his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a blast over the wall in left field.
The Jayhawks tallied another in the bottom of the fifth inning to take their first lead of the series at 2-1. With one out in the frame shortstop Ritchie Price got aboard by way of an infield single and was followed by first baseman Jared Schweitzer, who singled to extend his career-long hitting streak to 11 games. Following a walk drawn by Milner, senior catcher Sean Richardson plated Price with a RBI groundout.
Kansas took the 2-1 advantage into the top of the ninth inning as Quick went to the mound for his ninth inning of work. After allowing a base hit and walking a batter with one out, Quick was replaced by junior closer Don Czyz. After the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Baylor centerfielder Chase Gerdes plated the game-tying run with a RBI groundout. The Bears tallied the go-ahead run on the second wild pitch of the inning from Czyz.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Jayhawk were unable to mound a final rally as they went down in order in their final at bat.
Quick finished the game with 8 1/3 innings pitched and yielded three runs on five hits, while striking out two walks and five strikeouts.
Kansas baseball is back in action on Wednesday when they host in-state rival Wichita State to Hoglund Ballpark for a 7 p.m. game.