Jayhawks Drop Heartbreaker at No. 10 Wichita State
April 18, 2007
WICHITA, Kan. –
The Jayhawks’ pitching staff held tenth-ranked Wichita State to just two runs on six hits, but it was not enough to earn a win. Tyler Hill’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Shockers past Kansas, 2-1 Wednesday evening at Eck Stadium. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Jayhawks fall to 19-23 overall, while Wichita State improves to 31-9 on the season.
KU held a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but could not hold on.
The Jayhawks took the lead in the fifth when Brock Simpson scored on a wild pitch. The junior right fielder led off the frame with a double to the gap between right and center field. Simpson then stole third and scored on the errant pitch.
It was one of just four hits for KU and the game’s only extra base hit.
However, the Shockers came back with an RBI single by Connor Gillaspie in the seventh and Hill’s RBI single in the eighth to take the game. WSU put the lead-off man on in both the seventh and eighth innings and advanced him to second.
Junior Andres Esquibel and freshman Wally Marciel combined for six shutout innings in the game. Both pitchers had identical lines, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three a piece.
Wednesday’s defeat marked the ninth time KU has lost a one-run game, to go against just three wins by a single run.
KU will look to bounce back this weekend with a trip to Lubbock, Texas and a three game series against Texas Tech beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.