Jayhawks Fall in Extra Innings, 11-10

May 20, 2011


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Kansas State’s Ross Kivett delivered a walk-off RBI single off the second baseman’s glove in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Wildcats claimed an 11-10 come-from-behind triumph over Kansas Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

The win moves the Wildcats to 10-14 in Big 12 play and 32-21 overall, while the Jayhawks fall to 9-16 in the conference and 26-28 overall. The Jayhawks have now lost seven-straight Big 12 games, dating back to April 29 at Texas Tech. KU is now one loss away from being eliminated from the conference tournament.

The Jayhawks wasted a good offensive night and a gutty starting pitching performance by senior T.J. Walz. On a night when Walz could have broken the school record for career wins, the senior scattered seven hits and allowed four runs over six innings of work.

However, the Kansas bullpen surrendered seven runs over the final four innings. Kivett’s base hit was the final straw. With two outs and two on in the inning, the K-State leadoff hitter rolled a two-strike pitch between first and second, which plated the winning run. It marked the Jayhawks’ sixth walk-off loss in conference play this year, and fifth extra inning loss overall.

The Kansas offense produced 10 runs on 16 hits, which included three each by Jimmy Waters and Kevin Kuntz. Kuntz reached base in five of his six plate appearances.

K-State grabbed an early lead, but the Jayhawks fought back with three runs in the third inning and four in the top of the fifth. KU sent eight men to the plate in the fifth, scoring four runs on five hits.

The Jayhawks opened the inning with four-straight hits, including back-to-back doubles by Jason Brunansky and Brandon Macias. After an RBI single by Kuntz, Waters drove in the third run of the frame with a double to right. After a couple of outs, KU scored another run on an RBI ground out by Jake Marasco.

However, K-State scored three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the game at 9-9. After the Jayhawks grabbed a 10-9 lead in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Jordan Dreiling, the Wildcats again equalized on a bases loaded hit by pitch.

The Jayhawks will look to bounce back Saturday evening in the second game of the series at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.