LAWRENCE, Kan. -- No. 8 Oklahoma’s rally, and bid for a series sweep, came up short on Sunday in the series finale against No. 30 Kansas, as it fell 7-5 at Hoglund Park.
The loss ended the Sooners’ 13-game winning streak (season high) and drops them to 35-11 overall and 13-5 in Big 12 play. Kansas, who scored five runs in the fifth inning, improved to 32-18 and 10-11. The winning streak was the longest current streak in the nation and the Sooners longest since the 1985 season (19 games).
OU put the first two runners on base in the ninth inning but a double play left only Jackson Williams on base. That left it up to Chuckie Caufield who saw 11 pitches from KU’s Don Czyz before driving a 3-2 pitch over the left-field fence. The two-run home run was Caufield’s second of the series and OU’s fourth of the game (ten on the weekend). But the Sooners’ bid for their 14th comeback victory of the season ended with Aaron Reza’s fly out to left field.
“At some point during a long winning streak you are going to run into a great pitching performance and that is what happened to us today,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “I thought Kodiak Quick was very good at hitting his spots and keeping our hitters off balance.”
The Sooners fell behind 6-0 before they scored their first runs of the game on back-to-back solo home runs by Jackson Williams and Joe Dunigan in the seventh inning. The Sooners got another solo homer in the eighth frame off the bat of Ryan Rohlinger, his team-leading ninth of the season, to narrow the gap to 7-3.
The Jayhawks were hitless for the first 3 1/3 innings but finally got to OU starter P.J. Sandoval (6-2) with a double in the fourth inning. That runner was stranded but KU connected for six hits and plated five runs in the fifth inning. Sandoval suffered his second loss of the season and first since Feb. 5 against Lamar (first start). The senior lasted 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts but allowed five runs on six hits and zero walks.
Kodiak Quick was effective for the Jayhawks as he improved to 8-3 on the year. Quick limited the Sooners to two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Caufield finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored while Kevin Smith went 2-for-4. Five different Jayhawks connected for two hits apiece as Kansas outhit Oklahoma 11-9.
Earlier in the day, OU and Kansas completed a suspended game (eight innings) from Saturday night that was rained out. On Sunday during game two, the teams waited out a 15-minute rain delay.
“Overall, I thought we competed well throughout the weekend and handled the adversity of the weather with a tremendous amount of maturity,” added Golloway. “We look to forward to getting on the diamond Tuesday night and starting a new winning streak.”
OU will return to the field again on Tuesday, May 2 at Wichita State. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan. and will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM.
BIG 12 STANDINGS
Below is a look at the Big 12 standings after action on Sunday, April 30. Texas and Texas A&M are scheduled for game three of their series on Monday.