Big Innings Doom Jayhawks Again

April 27, 2010

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Wichita State scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth as well as the sixth inning against five Kansas pitchers en route to a 22-7 triumph over KU Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.

The Jayhawks fall to 25-17-1 overall, while Wichita State improves to 26-15. The 22 runs scored by Wichita State were the most by a Jayhawk opponent since 2002, while the 15-run margin of victory was the most since the Shockers beat KU 18-3 in 2007.

The Kansas bullpen, which struggled Sunday against Texas Tech, surrendered nine runs in the bottom of the fourth on just four base hits. KU walked five in the inning and hit two batters, setting the table for the Shocker hitters. Kevin Hall had the big base hit in the inning, a bases clearing double.

Wichita State put up nine more runs in the sixth inning, which was highlighted by a grand slam by Johnny Coy.

Junior Brandon Macias went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Jake Marasco had a pair of doubles and scored three times to lead KU’s offense. Brian Heere and Jimmy Waters also pitched in a pair of base hits.

This marked the second time in as many games that the Jayhawks have surrendered 20 runs in a game – the first time KU has given up 20-plus runs in back-to-back games since the 1985 season.

The Jayhawks will travel to Stillwater, Okla., for its last true road series of the season. KU will take on Oklahoma State beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.