Jayhawks Bow to No. 10 Oklahoma again, 11-4
May 7, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. –
Brandon Macias collected two hits in the first two innings to help Kansas jump out to an early lead, but for a second-straight day No. 10 Oklahoma scored six unearned runs to overpower Kansas, 11-4, in a Big 12 baseball game played at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Kansas falls to 22-26 overall and 9-14 in the conference, while the Sooners improve to 34-13 overall and 12-9 in Big 12 play. After Saturday’s win, Oklahoma has defeated Kansas in seven-straight games, dating back to the 2009 season.
Saturday’s ballgame appeared to be a replay of Friday night’s as Kansas scored runs early in the game only to watch the Sooners storm back with the help of unearned runs. KU committed a season-high five errors Saturday, which led to six of Oklahoma’s 11 runs.
The Jayhawks scored a single run in each of the first two innings Saturday. After Macias led off the game with a base hit and stole second, fellow senior Jimmy Waters doubled him home to give KU a 1-0 lead.
KU tacked on another run in the second after a leadoff double by Casey Lytle, Macias singled him home with the help of an error by Oklahoma right fielder Chris Ellison. However, the lead was short-lived.
Oklahoma scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning on three singles an error and back-to-back squeeze plays. The Sooners then chased starting pitcher Tanner Poppe in the third when Evan Mistich, Garrett Buechele and Tyler Ogle opened the inning with base hits.
Freshman relief pitcher minimized the damage, retiring the side on a sacrifice fly and a ground ball double play.
However, the Sooners broke the game open in the sixth by sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs. The Jayhawks committed two errors in the frame, which helped set up the OU rally. Erik Ross recorded the big hit – a two-run single through the left side – giving the Sooners a six-run advantage.
Macias was the only player on either team to collect multiple hits in the game, recording a pair of singles.
The Jayhawks will look to salvage the third and final game of the three-game set with Oklahoma Sunday at 1 p.m.