Kansas Baseball Drops Heartbreaker in 12 Innings, 8-7

May 1, 2010

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Oklahoma State’s Davis Duren provided the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning as Oklahoma State overcame a pair of multi-run deficits in the final four innings to knock off Kansas, 8-7 in the second game of a three-game Big 12 baseball series Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The Jayhawks drop their second extra innings decision in Big 12 play, falling to 26-18-1 overall and 7-9-1 in league play; while OSU improves to 25-18 and 6-11 in the Big 12.

Kansas led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, and 7-5 in the 11th, but a pair of Cowboy rallies set up Davis’ heroics. Oklahoma State loaded the bases in the final inning on a pair of walks and a single.

Despite Cameron Selik’s sixth quality start of the season, the Jayhawks trailed 2-0 after seven innings, but scored five times in the eighth on a two-run single by Brian Heere and a three-run homer by Tony Thompson. Thompson’s fourth home run of the season broke a 2-2 tie with two outs in the inning.

However, OSU made their first of three late inning rallies in the ninth, sending eight men to the plate and scoring three times. Third baseman Mark Ginther led off the inning with a double and scored on a throwing error. Designated hitter Josh Botts brought the home team within a run with an RBI single, and Duren tied the game with an RBI base hit past a diving Robby Price.

Kansas relief pitcher Colton Murray was able to get the game to extra innings by inducing an inning-ending double play off the bat of Kevin David.

The Jayhawks scored two runs in the 11th on an RBI double by Jake Marasco and a sacrifice fly by Brett Lisher. But OSU came storming back again, loading the bases with two outs and tying the game when Ginther slapped a single to center field. Oklahoma State first baseman Dean Green was thrown out at third base, however he was ruled out after the tying run had crossed the plate.

Selik gave KU a chance to win, going seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision. KU’s bullpen was shelled for six runs on 10 hits over the final 4 1/3 innings.

Jimmy Waters led the Jayhawk offense, going 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Heere chipped in a 2-for-6 effort, including the game-tying hit in the eighth inning.

The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The contest can be heard on KLWN (1320 AM).