OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kansas (No. 6 seed) scored early and built a 6-0 lead in the first four innings en route to a 7-2 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma (No. 3 seed) in the first round of games in the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, May 24 at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Oklahoma has lost four consecutive opening round games in the Big 12 Championship and is 3-7 in Big 12 postseason openers since 1997.
After four scoreless innings, OU got on the board with a sacrifice fly by Chuckie Caufield in the bottom of the fifth inning and the OU bullpen blanked Kansas in the final four frames. Despite Kody Kaiser’s RBI double to left-center filed in the eighth inning, the Sooners could not overcome the early deficit.
KU’s Kodiak Quick (11-4) earned his second victory of the year against OU as the hurler tossed seven innings and allowed one run off seven hits. Quick struck out four batters while his counterpart, OU’s P.J. Sandoval, was chased out of the game after two innings pitched.
Sandoval (6-5) surrendered three runs off five hits and was relieved by four Sooners in the bullpen (Ryan Mottern, John Brownell, Nate Hammons and Will Savage).
Matt Baty (3-for-5, 2 RBI), Jared Schweitzer (3-for-5, RBI) and Buck Afenir (2-for-3, 3 RBI) paced the Jayhawks’ offense which outhit the Sooners 13-9. Kansas hit two home runs in the ball game and had five other extra-base hits.
OU freshman Brandon Moss, who has six hits in his last three games, led the way offensively with a career-high three hits on Wednesday and Kaiser was the only other Sooner (2-for-4) with multiple hits. Aaron Reza extended his hittting streak to 10 games with a single in the first inning.
The loss dropped OU to 39-18 overall while Kansas improved to 39-23.
Oklahoma will resume play in the Big 12 Championship on Friday when Steven Guerra (10-2, 3.58) will throw opposite Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.94) and the Missouri Tigers (29-24) at 5 p.m. at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The Tigers were in action following the Sooners’ game on Wednesday against Oklahoma State.