NORMAN – The No. 19 University of Oklahoma baseball team scored 10 runs in the first four innings, but it wasn’t enough in a 15-10 loss to Kansas at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Friday night. The loss, a game that lasted over four hours, was the sixth in a row for the Sooners, who fell to 27-14 overall and 5-5 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks lifted their record to 18-19 and 7-6.
Oklahoma scored in each of the first three innings. Including two in the third to take an early 4-0 lead. Kansas. Stormed back with four runs in the top of the fourth; all off of Sooner sophomore right-hander Jake Irvin (Bloomington, Minn.), making just his second start in league play.
In the bottom half of the inning, OU recovered with six runs to retake the lead. Senior right fielder Ben Hollas (Longview, Texas) ripped a double down the right field line to put Oklahoma back in front and senior first baseman Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.) had the big blow; a two-run triple to center.
However, Kansas was not done as it bested its four-run fourth with a five-run fifth to cut the Sooner lead to 10-9. The Jayhawks took their first lead of the night on a two-run, infield-single from designated hitter Jaxx Groshans. KU added to its lead with four runs in the eighth as all six base runners reached with two outs.
Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Oklahoma turns to sophomore right-hander Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) on the bump.