Baylor long balls doom Jayhawks in doubleheader nightcap
LAWRENCE, Kan.– Kansas was hurt by the long ball in its 8-0 loss to Baylor after allowing three home runs in the second game of a doubleheader during the Jayhawks’ home opener at Hoglund Ballpark Saturday night.
The Bears (20-6, 5-0) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Kansas (14-12, 0-5) after Davis Wendzel blasted a solo home run in the top of the first. Baylor added two more runs before breaking the game open with the help of a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to make it 5-0.
Redshirt-junior Ryan Cyr (2-3) struggled during the contest, giving up five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Baylor starting pitcher Jimmy Winston (3-0) held the Jayhawks scoreless through seven innings and allowed only three hits while striking out five batters.
The Jayhawks had a stagnant offense through all nine innings and were unable to answer any of the Bears’ eight runs.
- Kansas was shut out for the second time this season with the first time coming in a loss at St. John’s on March 15.
- Kansas starting pitcher Ryan Cyr has now pitched more than six innings during five of his seven starts this season.
Head coach Ritch Price
On getting the offense going in the future:
“All we can do is continue to keep working at it and trying to stay positive. Those guys work hard and they grind every day and they know they’re struggling and not producing, and sometimes that’s half the problem – the harder you try, the worse it gets. We’ll just try to stay positive and keep working.”
On rebounding for the series finale tomorrow:
“I think it starts with starting pitching. We got two quality starts today. I mean, Zeferjahn leaves in the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead and Cyr pitched really well too so I was actually really pleased with both starters today and the bullpen put up four zeros. They misplay the two balls in the twilight when they couldn’t see it and would’ve put up another zero in the ninth so I was actually pleased with the bullpen effort. Blake Goldsberry got knocked around and to their credit, they have a very experienced lineup and five of the best hitters in our conference, so they got to us in the seventh inning. We just have to be tough enough to bounce back tomorrow.”
The Jayhawks will close out the series against Baylor tomorrow at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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