The Jayhawks split a double-header today with Northern Colorado. I just got back in town from a depressingly short vacation and have a crushing amount of work to do over the next few days so the coverage for this series will be spartan.
I was able to make the last eight innings of Game 2. KU just couldn't get their offense to click. Essentally one swing of the bat decided the game, a three-run homerun by Kevin Sandberg with two out in the top of the fifth against Ryotaro Hayakawa. Hayakawa was called in to make what was more of an emergency start than a relief appearance after Thomas Marcin was unable to hit the strikezone. Marcin got the start but faced only eight batters before he was pulled with no outs in the 2nd inning. Of the eight batters he faced he walked two, hit three and recorded three outs. Hayakawa inherinted and stranded runners at second and third with no outs in that inning and then went on to pitch four more frames. Despite his effective work Hayakawa became the loosing pitcher after he surrendered a 2-0 lead and the Jayhawks failed to rally.
KU's record now rests at 14-12 (1-2) as they prepare for nationally ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowboys will visit Hoglund this weekend for a three game series. I'll do my best to get a helpful preview posted before that series gets underway on Friday.