Eighth Inning Rally Foils Jayhawks, 5-4

May 2, 2010

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Despite a pair of hits from junior Brandon Macias and 5 2/3 strong innings by freshman Tanner Poppe, Oklahoma State scored three times in its final two at bats to score a come-from-behind victory for the second straight day. Pinch hitter Luis Uribe’s single in the eighth inning plated the eventual winning run in the Cowboys 5-4 triumph over KU in the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The Jayhawks fall to 26-19-1 overall and 7-10-1 in conference play, while OSU improves to 26-18 and 7-11 in the Big 12.

For the second-straight day, strong starting pitching gave KU a lead heading into the seventh inning, but for the second game in a row, the Jayhawks could not hold on.

The Cowboys trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh but scored two runs on an RBI double by Davis Duren and a throwing error after a failed bunt attempt. After Kansas tied the score in the eighth inning, OSU brought in the winning run with three straight singles to center field against relief pitcher Travis Blankenship.

Nico Rosthenhausler led off the bottom of the eighth with a bloop single over Robby Price into center field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and another bloop to center that fell in front of a diving Brian Heere. That set up Uribe’s RBI hit, a third-straight single to center.

Kansas tied the score in the previous half inning. After putting runners on first and third with nobody out, pinch hitter Chris Manship hit a sharp ground ball to short, which the Cowboys converted into a double play. However, Casey Lytle scored the tying run after leading off the inning with a double.

The Cowboys took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Center fielder Dusty Harvard led off with a walk and scored on Duren’s double to left field. After a sacrifice moved the go-ahead run to third, Kansas looked to get out of the inning when catcher Kevin David popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt to first base.

However, after recording the out, Brett Lisher tried to double off Duren at third, but threw wildly, allowing Duren to score the go-ahead run.

The Cowboy rally ruined a decent start by Kansas freshman Tanner Poppe. Poppe pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and no strikeouts.

Macias was the only Jayhawk to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

The Jayhawks will return home next weekend for a three-game series against Border Showdown rival Missouri, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. KU will play seven of its final 10 remaining regular season games at home.