Jayhawks Fall at No. 13 Oklahoma State, 10-3
April 26, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. –
Buck Afenir hit a two-run homer, while Erik Morrison had three hits, but it was not enough. Oklahoma State scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to once again break open a tight game and take a 10-3 triumph over Kansas Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Cowboys take the series and move to 31-11 overall and 13-7 in conference play, while the Jayhawks fall to 25-21 and 5-12 in the Big 12.
In a game that mirrored Friday night’s contest through the first five innings, Oklahoma State clung to a 2-1 lead until a big inning late in the game.
Kansas took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Robby Price in the second inning. However, that was all the offense the Jayhawks could muster until a seventh inning two-run homer by Afenir. KU left nine men on base through the first six innings, including six in scoring position.
The home team had no trouble cashing in on their opportunities in the fifth inning. After KU starter Andres Esquibel had held OSU to two runs on two hits through the first four innings, the Cowboys sent eight men to the plate and scored four times.
Thomas Belza led off the inning with a double and then came around to score on a sacrifice and a fielder’s choice. OSU’s top of the order then collected three consecutive hits, including doubles by Donnie Webb and Matt Hague to stretch the lead to 6-1.
Afenir’s seventh home run of the season cut the deficit to 6-3, but once again Neil Medchill spoiled Kansas’ hopes of a rally with a two-run homer to answer in the bottom of the seventh.
The Jayhawks will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.