Sixth Inning Dooms Jayhawks Again
May 21, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Junior Jimmy Waters collected two hits, including his ninth homer of the season, but it was not enough. Oklahoma used a four-run sixth and nine runs in the final two innings to down Kansas 14-4 in a Big 12 baseball game Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
OU, ranked No. 14 in the latest College Baseball Newspaper poll, improves to 40-14 and 13-10 in conference play, while the Jayhawks fall to 31-22-1 overall and 11-13-1 in Big 12 play. With the loss, Kansas can finish no higher than fourth in the final league standings.
Kansas starting pitcher T.J. Walz held the Sooners to one run on two hits with nine strikeouts through five innings, but for a second straight week, ran into trouble in the sixth. OU collected four runs on five hits in the sixth to grab the lead for good.
Second baseman Danny Black collected the big hit, a two-run double down the right field line to give the Sooners a 5-3 lead.
Kansas got back within a run in the seventh on Tony Thompson’s sixth home run of the season, however, Oklahoma answered with three runs in the eighth on a suicide squeeze and a two-run homer by Max White.
The Jayhawks led early on and RBI single and a solo home run by Waters, and an RBI single by Chris Manship, who had three hits in the game.
Center fielder Brian Heere extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the bottom of the first inning. His streak is the second-longest by a Jayhawk this season and is tied for the ninth-longest in team history.
The Jayhawks will look to rebound Saturday in the second game of the three-game series at 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.