Sooners Unable to Even Series at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Oklahoma baseball suffered its second straight loss at Kansas, 6-5, Friday night at Hoglund Park. The Sooners dropped to 33-21 overall and 13-10 in Big 12 play, while the Jayhawks improve to 25-27 and 8-14 in the conference.
The night started off promising as a pair of RBI triples in the first inning gave OU an early lead against Kansas starting pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn. With two outs, Kyler Murray’s triple to the right-field corner scored one to put the Sooners on the board.
Kyle Mendenhall followed two batters later and laced a line drive to center that rolled to the wall for a triple, plating Murray and Brylie Ware.
Solo home runs by Cade Cavalli in the second and Murray in the third extended OU’s lead to 5-0.
Kansas crossed three runs in the third and three more in the fourth off of OU starter Levi Prater to take the lead. A two-RBI triple from James Consentino cut OU’s lead down to 5-2. A wild pitch by Prater trimmed the Sooners’ advantage down to 5-3, allowing Consentino to score.
The Jayhawks added three more in the fourth to grab the lead. A double from Skyler Messinger tied the game at 5-5 before Mateo Zunica’s sacrifice fly gave the Jayhawks a 6-5 lead.
Prater worked three innings in his third start before being replaced by Kyle Tyler in the top of the fourth. Prater allowed six runs, struck out five, hit four batters and gave up four hits. Tyler kept the deficit at one run, tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.
Zefferjan earned the win in seven innings of work, striking out 11 and surrendering five runs on six hits.
Murray and Mendenhall led the Sooners at the plate, both finishing 2-for-3. Murray homered for the third time in the last four games, scored twice and picked up his third triple of the year. Mendenhall also scored twice and tripled for the second time this year.
Cavalli was 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Zaragoza finished 2-for-5 with two singles.
Messinger led the Jayhawks at plate going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The final game of the series is set for Saturday at 1:05 p.m. CT from Hoglund Ballpark. The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.