Sooners Walk Away with Sweep of Kansas, 11-7
May 8, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. –
Junior Zac Elgie tied a Kansas record with three doubles, and senior Brandon Macias hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning which tied the score. However, Oklahoma Ricky Eisenberg helped the Sooners complete the three-game sweep with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth as OU downed Kansas, 11-7, Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Jayhawks were swept in a three-game series by the Sooners for the second-straight year and fell to 22-27 overall and 9-15 in the Big 12. Oklahoma improved to 35-13 overall and 13-9 in conference play. The loss also dropped the Jayhawks into a tie for ninth place in the league standings after both Missouri and Nebraska won on Sunday.
Despite trailing for much of the day, the Jayhawks rallied from two separate three-run deficits in the game, only to be foiled in the bottom of the ninth for the second Sunday in a row.
Trailing 7-4 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Kansas scored three runs on a solo home run by designated hitter Chris Manship and a two-run shot by Macias off OU closer Ryan Duke. Manship’s home run – the first of his career – came on the first pitch of the inning, while Macias’ drive to left center came on the heels of a leadoff hit by Kevin Kuntz.
However, the Sooners put together a four-run rally of their own with a two singles, a fielder’s choice and walk to set the stage for Eisenberg. The Oklahoma outfielder slammed a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall to end the game and give him six RBIs for the day.
It marked the fifth walk-off loss for KU in conference play this season and sixth overall.
For the third day in a row, the Jayhawks broke out to a 1-0 lead with a double by Elgie – his first of the day – which plated Ka’iana Eldredge.
The Sooners tied the game in the second and took the lead in the fourth on a two-run single by Eisenberg, which knocked Kansas starting pitcher Alex Cox out of the game after four innings.
KU trailed 4-1 heading into the sixth, but cut the deficit in half with an RBI ground out by Stanfield and tied the game in the seventh when the Jayhawks loaded the bases and Jimmy Waters delivered a two-run single through the right side of the infield. On the play, Waters tied Elgie for the team lead with 28 RBIs on the year.
However, every Kansas rally seemed to have an answer by Oklahoma. OU plated two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth against the Jayhawk bullpen, which set the stage for the crazy ninth inning.
The loss was the eighth-straight for Kansas to the Sooners. In five of those games, KU has given up the winning runs in the ninth inning.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back on Friday, May 13 when they host Alabama A&M in the first of a four-game series at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.