No. 25 Kansas State Doubles Up Kansas, 10-5

May 28, 2010

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Despite a pair of doubles and an RBI from junior Jimmy Waters, No. 24 Kansas State used three three-run innings to rally from an early deficit and knock off Kansas, 10-5 Friday afternoon at the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.

The Jayhawks drop their fifth-straight to fall to 31-26-1 overall, while the Wildcats improve to 36-19. KU’s five straight losses is its longest losing streak since the Jayhawks dropped six in a row in 2005.

On Friday, Kansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but watched the Wildcats score seven unanswered runs and hold off a Jayhawk rally in the sixth.

Trailing by five runs, KU got back into the game by sending nine men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Tony Thompson started things with a single up the middle, and moved to third on Waters’ second double of the afternoon. Junior Casey Lytle, sophomore Zac Elgie and senior Robby Price each collected RBI hits in the rally to bring the Jayhawks within 7-5.

However, that’s as close as it would get. K-State’s bullpen combination of Justin Lindsey and James Allen allowed base runners in each of the final three innings, but worked out of trouble.

The Wildcat offense scored three runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach, and continue KU’s ninth-inning woes. Since the May 18 game at Arkansas-Little Rock, the Jayhawks have played six games and allowed 24 ninth-inning runs, compared to 28 in innings one through eight in those games.

KU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, scoring runs on an RBI single by Brian Heere and an RBI double by Waters.

However, K-State wasted little time getting those runs back against starting pitcher Cameron Selik. Selik allowed three runs in both the second and third innings, and matched a career high by surrendering seven runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

With their hopes of reaching the tournament championship out of reach, the Jayhawks will meet Baylor on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bricktown Ballpark.