No. 13 Oklahoma State Downs Kansas, 6-1
April 25, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. –
Junior Nick Czyz allowed just two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings, while sophomore Robby Price had an RBI single in the third, but it was not enough. 13th-ranked Oklahoma State scored three runs in the seventh inning to back starting pitcher Andrew Oliver’s eight-inning gem in a 6-1 Cowboys win Friday night at Reynolds Stadium.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Jayhawks fall to 25-20 overall and 5-11 in the Big 12, while OSU improves to 30-11 and 12-7 in conference play.
Czyz, KU’s Friday night starter, pitched well enough to win, but didn’t get much run support. The 6-foot-2 lefty scattered four hits and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He got into trouble a few times in the early innings, but was able to escape with minimal damage, stranding eight Cowboys in the first four frames.
The decisive hit came in the bottom of the seventh when OSU right fielder Neil Medchill hit a three-run homer off Paul Smyth to stretch a 2-1 advantage to 5-1.
KU scored its lone run of the game off Oliver in the third when Joe Southers singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Robby Price’s single to right field.
Oliver was dominant holding KU to just one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over eight innings to earn his fourth victory of the season.
The Jayhawks will look to even the series with Oklahoma State Saturday at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Field.