NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners could not complete their first series sweep in Big 12 action on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park, losing 9-3 to Kansas.
The Jayhawks capitalized on six hits and three OU errors in the first inning to score seven runs and cruised to win the final game of the three-game set. OU won the two previous games of the series, 7-5 and 11-9.
OU starter Brad Burns did not make it out of the first inning as he committed one error and Freddy Rodriguez and Kody Kaiser committed the other two in the frame. It was the freshman’s shortest outing of the season (0.2 innings) as he was tagged for seven runs and six hits but only one of KU’s first inning runs were earned.
Burns took the loss and falls to 2-1 on the season while KU’s Kodiak Quick pitched seven strong innings to record his Big 12 leading eighth win of the year. Quick is 8-3 this season after giving up three earned runs to OU on Sunday on nine hits while striking out six Sooners.
After Kansas had posted six errors in the series’ first two games, OU returned the favor in the finale with a season-high six errors. The seven runs in the KU first was also a season high allowed by the Sooners, the six surrendered to Nevada earlier this year was the previous high.
Tyler Gooch was the first Sooner to come out of the OU bullpen and he struck out one batter and allowed one hit and a walk in 1.1 innings before handing the ball over to Daniel McCutchen. The Jayhawks’ other two runs came with McCutchen on the mound as the reliever surrendered just one of those as earned. The hard-throwing righty was effective in six innings pitched (85 pitches - 55 strikes). McCutchen struck out eight Jayhawks tying a team high this season for an OU pitcher. Garrett Patterson achieved the feat twice this season (Eastern Illinois, Northwestern State).
KU added the first of its two remaining runs (after the first) in the top of the third inning on a wild pitch by McCutchen and the other in the eighth on a ground out by A.J. Van Slyke, plating Matt Baty.
Baty led the winning team with three hits and Ritchie Price posted two RBI in the game. Kansas out hit the Sooners 10-9 and did not commit an error in the series finale.
Kaiser and Chuckie Caufield provided bright spots for the Sooners. Kaiser homered with Ryan Rohlinger on first base in the third inning and Caufield’s double in the fifth frame extended his hitting streak to nine games.
John Brownell finished the game for OU and was perfect in his one inning pitched. Brownell did not allow a hit or walk a batter as he struck out all three batters he faced.
Sunday’s loss snapped OU’s five-game winning streak at home and it marked just the third loss of the season suffered at L. Dale Mitchell Park in 18 games. The last time OU was defeated in Norman came in the series opener against Texas A&M on March 24.
Oklahoma’s record drops to 19-12 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play while Kansas jumps to 24-14 and 3-6 in conference action. OU will have one day to prepare for its next contest slated for Tuesday in Norman against Texas Christian. OU defeated the Horned Frogs three weeks ago in Fort Worth by a 5-4 count. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. and it will be $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.