Big 12 Recap 05-01-09

Texas' Brandon Belt (13) scores on a wild pitch-Rod Aydelotte photo
Texas' Brandon Belt (13) scores on a wild pitch-Rod Aydelotte photo

#10 Texas 12 #24 Baylor 4

AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 8 Texas Longhorns took advantage of a season-high seven errors by the No. 17 Baylor Bears to post a 12-4 win in Big 12 Conference baseball action Friday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas (31-11-1, 13-8-1 Big 12) equaled a season-high with 12 runs, including six unearned, and logged 13 hits on the evening.

Nursing a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Longhorns scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Keyes hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Loy. Cameron Rupp plated Keyes with a single through the left side of the infield. Tim Maitland reached on an infield single and a throwing error on the play allowed Loy to score. Connor Rowe hit an RBI single to plate Rupp and inflate the cushion to 8-4. Michael Torres drove in Maitland with a groundout to cap off the rally and give Texas a five-run lead.

The Horns put the game out of reach with three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth. The inning featured a two –run single by Rowe.

Texas jumped out to a 4-0 lead hanging deuces on the scoreboard in both the first and second innings. In the home half of the first, Travis Tucker reached on an infield single and Brandon Belt walked to set up an RBI single through the right side of the infield by Kevin Lusson. With runners on the corners, Loy drew a walk to load the bases and a wild pitch plated Belt, staking the Horns to a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Rupp singled off the pitcher’s leg to lead off the inning and with one out, Rowe launched a two-run home run to the scoreboard in left centerfield.

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Kansas 5 #11 Oklahoma 4

NORMAN, Okla. – Junior Robby Price and sophomore Casey Lytle hit first inning home runs, while KU’s bullpen pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as Kansas earned a 5-4 triumph over No. 9 Oklahoma Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Jayhawks, now winners of five straight and eight of nine, improve to 32-15 overall and 11-8. OU falls to 33-13 overall and 11-8 in conference play.

Kansas rode the first inning power and then some tough pitching to hang on for a Friday night victory.

In the top of the first, Price gave KU a 2-0 lead by slamming a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall following a lead-off walk to David Narodowski. The Jayhawks extended the lead after two outs, a Tony Thompson double and Lytle’s first career round-tripper.

The Jayhawks stretched the lead to 5-0 on a two-out RBI single by Preston Land, a ball that bounded up the middle with men on first and second in the third.

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Dallas Baptist 11 #17 Texas A&M 10

The Dallas Baptist University Patriots Baseball Team improved to 32-12 for the season on Friday night as they defeated the nationally ranked Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas, by the score of 11-10. The Aggies fell to 30-16 on the year after the loss.

Starting pitcher Junior Ryan Millard pitched four innings for the Patriots allowing six runs on eight hits. Freshman Michael Smith picked up the win, improving his record to 5-0 on the season as he pitched four innings in relief allowing four runs on three hits while striking out three. Freshman Ryan Behmanesh closed out the Aggies in the ninth inning, striking out two to record his second save of the season.

Leading the Patriots at the plate was Sophomore Jason Krizan. Krizan went 3 for 5, hitting one homerun and two doubles in the win, while adding three RBI.

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#23 Kansas State 5 #26 Oklahoma State 3

STILLWATER, Okla. – Kansas State scored four early runs and was able to weather a great pitching performance by Oklahoma State’s Andrew Oliver and a pair of OSU comeback attempts as the 16th-ranked Wildcats defeated the Cowboys, 5-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

With the win, Kansas State improved to 34-11-1 overall and 11-7-1 in the Big 12. The Wildcats also pushed its season road record to 11-5-1, tying the school record for true road wins. Oklahoma State fell to 29-18 overall and 6-12 in conference action.

Lance Hoge (5-2) had another great outing for the Wildcats as he allowed three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. The left-hander also struck out four batters, all coming in the first three innings.

Thomas Rooke was outstanding out of the bullpen as he recorded his fourth save of the season after throwing 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.

Rooke came into the game in the seventh inning with one out and a runner on second and was able to get Kansas State out of the jam as he forced a fielder’s choice and a groundout to end the frame. The lefty did run into trouble in the eighth when OSU had the tying run on second base, thanks to a leadoff double by Neil Medchill. Rooke settled down, however and forced two groundouts and a fly out to send the Cats bats back to the plate.
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Missouri 8 at Nebraska 4

LINCOLN, Neb.- Missouri extended its winning streak to five games with an 8-4 win over Nebraska on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Lincoln, Neb. The five-game winning streak is a season long for the Tigers, who have won six of their last seven conference games.

Mizzou (26-21, 12-10 Big 12) had five players with multi-hit games, including a trio of seniors. Coming off a four-hit game on Tuesday against Eastern Illinois, Steve Gray was 3-for-5 on Friday night with two RBI and a run scored, while Kyle Mach and Ryan Lollis each had two this.

Junior Aaron Senne and sophomore Ryan Ampleman also had two-hit ballgames.

Lollis drove in the game’s first run with a double in the second inning and Gray picked up an RBI single in the fourth. Gray’s hit drove in Mach, who had opened the fourth inning with a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Another senior, Austin Holt, drove in two more runs on a two-out double in the fourth.

Nebraska (21-14-1, 5-17) scored twice in bottom of the fourth and tied the game with a run in the sixth inning.

Missouri regained the lead after a four-run top of the seventh inning, with all four runs scoring with two outs in the inning. Mach doubled to drive in two runs and Gray tripled to score Mach. It was Gray’s team-leading fourth triple of the year.

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