March 20, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Oklahoma State lost both games of a doubleheader Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark as Kansas knocked off the Cowboys 7-2 in the opener before posting a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
With the losses, OSU dropped to 14-5 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play. KU is now 9-10 and 2-1 in the league.
Two-out rallies killed the Cowboys in the opener as all seven of KU's runs came with two outs.
Sophomore Andrew Heaney suffered his first loss of the season as the southpaw lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on six hits to fall to 3-1.
OSU got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Dane Phillips crushed a solo home run over the wall in center field. The blast was Phillips' first homer of the season and also marked OSU's first round tripper since March 1.
The Jayhawks bounced back to take the lead in the second with a three-run rally off Heaney.
Chris Manship got the scoring started with an RBI single to tie the score at 1-1, and KU took the lead when Zac Elgie scored on a passed ball. The Jayhawks added to that lead on Kaiana Eldredge's RBI double, which made it 3-1.
Another big inning for the Jayhawks would seal OSU's fate. That inning came in the fourth as KU erupted for four runs on four hits to take a five-run lead.
After allowing the second single of the inning, a one-out hit by Eldredge, Heaney's day on the mound was done. Blake Barnes came out of the bullpen and struck out the first batter he faced, but then issued a walk that loaded the bases. Jimmy Waters then stepped to the plate and delivered a three-run triple to put KU up 6-2.
The Jayhawks tacked on their seventh run on an RBI single by Jake Marasco before Barnes finally got out of the inning.
Tanner Poppe earned his first win of the season with a seven inning outing in the opener, while Frank Duncan kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard over the final two innings to secure the win.
In the second contest, the Cowboys outhit KU by a 13-9 margin, but OSU left 12 runners on base, including the potential tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning.
After keeping the Jayhawks off the scoreboard in the first three innings, OSU starter Mike Strong got into trouble in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by Casey Lytle and Waters opened the frame before Strong recorded a pair of outs. However, KU continued its day-long trend as they came up with a clutch two-out hit, this one a two-RBI single by Elgie to give the home team a 2-0 lead and end Strong's day on the hill.
OSU answered KU's rally with one of its own in the top of the fifth. After leaving six runners stranded on the bases in the first four innings, the Cowboys came through with some clutch hitting of their own.
Zach Johnson got the rally going with a one-out walk and was followed by Phillips, who singled through the left side. Up next, Jared Womack continued his hot hitting with a double into the left-center field gap that scored both runners and tied the game at 2-2.
The game did not stay tied for long. In the bottom of the fifth, the Jayhawks loaded the bases with one out against OSU reliever Chris Marlowe, and Elgie delivered a single to give KU a 3-2 advantage.
Marlowe was able to avoid further damage by getting Marasco to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Once again, the Cowboys were able to tie the score in the top of the next inning. Randy McCurry led off the sixth with a single off KU reliever Colton Murray and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Weidenaar. After a groundout, Duren sent a single through the right side to plate McCurry with the tying run.
OSU nearly took the lead later in the inning, but a standout defensive play by Elgie at first base saved at least one run. With two runners on, Phillips sent a sharp grounder down the line, but Elgie made a diving stop and tossed the ball to Murray to end the inning.
The play was magnified in the bottom of the inning when KU regained the lead with another two-out RBI, this one a double to center by Manship to put the Jayhawks on top, 4-3.
KU added an insurance run in the seventh, getting an RBI double by Waters to go up 5-3.
The run proved huge when OSU mounted a rally in its final at bat.
Johnson led off the top of the ninth with a double, and two batters later, a sacrifice fly by Womack made the score 5-4. Up next, Mark Ginther reached on an error, and a two-out single by Shines put Cowboys on the corners.
But OSU's rally came up short as McCurry flied out to right field to end the game and give KU the series win.
OSU returns to action with a pair of midweek games in Stillwater this week. The Cowboys face Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before a Wednesday showdown against Washington at 6:30 p.m.