Cowboys Drop Opener To Kansas

Davis Duren broke up KU's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the ninth.

Davis Duren broke up KU's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the ninth.

April 30, 2010

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State suffered its fourth-straight Big 12 Conference loss Friday night as the Cowboys opened their series against Kansas with a 17-3 loss at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, OSU fell to 24-18 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 play, while the Jayhawks improved to 26-17-1 and 7-8-1 in the league.
The Cowboys' offense was stymied by KU right-hander T.J. Walz, who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before Davis Duren broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff infield single, the first of three hits by OSU in the final frame.
OSU also struggled on the mound as five different pitchers surrendered 20 hits, the most by a Cowboy opponent this season. Tyler Lyons suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 as the senior southpaw allowed 10 runs on 15 hits while striking out seven in 6.1 innings of work.
The game was scoreless heading into the third inning before KU rallied for three runs on consecutive RBI hits by Robby Price, Brian Heere and Tony Thompson.
The Jayhawks went up 6-0 with another three-run effort in the fifth and then erupted for 11 runs over their final three at bats, including a seven-run outburst in the seventh inning.
Heere, Thompson and Brandon Macias each had four hits for KU, while six different Jayhawks collected two RBIs.
OSU managed just three base runners over the first eight innings, each of those coming via walks.
In the ninth, Duren sent a ball deep into the hole between shortstop and third. Macias got to the ball but could not throw out Duren, resulting in OSU's first hit.
Tom Belza would single to end Walz' night after eight shutout innings, and the Cowboys ended KU's shutout bid on a two-RBI double by Mark Ginther.
The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:06 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by FSN.



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