No. 14 Oklahoma Rallies Past Kansas, 8-7

May 22, 2010

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Tyler Ogle’s bases clearing double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning plated the winning runs as 14th-ranked Oklahoma overcame a three-run deficit to knock off Kansas, 8-7, to take the second game of the three-game Big 12 series Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Sooners improve to 41-14 overall and 14-10 in conference play, while the Jayhawks drop to 31-23-1 overall and 11-14-1 in the Big 12. With the loss, KU will not be able to finish higher than sixth in the conference standings.

KU led by three runs going into the ninth, but after retiring two of the first three hitters, relief pitcher Wally Marciel walked Caleb Bushyhead to bring the tying run to the plate. The Jayhawks called on sophomore Colton Murray to record the final out, however, Garrett Buchele and Cameron Seitzer collected back-to-back singles to plate a run and load the bases.

OU catcher Olge then worked the count to 3-2 before blasting a double high off the wall in right-center which plated all three base runners and gave the Sooners the lead.

Kansas put the first two men on in the ninth, but Oklahoma relief pitcher Jeremy Erben earned his second save of the season by fanning Alex DeLeon and Jordan Dreiling and inducing a fly out off the bat of Brandon Macias.

Over its last three games, Kansas has surrendered 16 runs in the ninth inning, while scoring none.

The Jayhawks built a 7-3 lead on the strength of two big innings. KU scored four runs in the first inning on a fielder’s choice, an error and a two-run single by Brett Lisher.

KU followed that up with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run triple by Brian Heere – who extended his hitting streak to 19 games by going 2-for-5 Saturday.

KU starting pitcher Cameron Selik pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits with five strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision.

The Jayhawks will look to salvage the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. The team will honor its six-member senior class with a ceremony prior to first pitch.