Kansas-Oklahoma State Game Suspended in Fourth Inning

May 20, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Due to a problem with the lights at Hoglund Ballpark, Friday’s series-opening game between Kansas and Oklahoma State was suspended and will be made up at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The second game of the series will be played as originally scheduled at 6 p.m. on Saturday following the conclusion of game one. The Kansas baseball awards ceremony which was scheduled for Saturday afternoon has been cancelled.

KU held a 6-3 lead in the game when play was suspended prior to the start of the fourth inning.

In the contest, Kansas starting pitcher Sean Land ran into trouble in the top of the first inning as the first two Cowboy batters of the game reached base. The lefty was able to escape the inning unscathed as he struck out the next three batters.

The Jayhawks got off to a hot start at the plate in the game as they put three runs on the board in the home half of the first. With one out in the frame, junior shortstop Ritchie Price and junior left fielder A.J. Van Slyke collected back-to-back hits and were followed by right fielder Gus Milner, who drew a walk, to load the bases for senior catcher Sean Richardson. The Vista, Calif., native responded with a double to left centerfield that plated all three base runners.

Milner put the Jayhawks in front 5-0 in the bottom of the second inning as he drove in his 42nd and 43rd runs of the season with a single to left field.

In the top of the third inning, the Cowboys got on the board and cut the KU lead to 6-3 with a RBI double from right fielder Corey Brown and the Big 12-leading 18th home run of the season from first baseman Adam Carr.

Kansas countered with run of its own in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly from second baseman Ryne Price.