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Kansas beats OSU 4-3 in 10 innings. Jayhawks sweep the Cowboys.

<em>Buck Afenir stayed hot at the plate on a cold day.  Afenir drove in three of Kansas' four runs today.  The Kansas senior catcher is hitting .369 on the year with 33 RBIs.</em>
Buck Afenir stayed hot at the plate on a cold day. Afenir drove in three of Kansas' four runs today. The Kansas senior catcher is hitting .369 on the year with 33 RBIs.

Kansas scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat #20 Oklahoma State 4-3.  The win gave Kansas a series sweep and improved their Big-12 record to 7-5, good for a tie for fourth place in the conference.


The entire game was played under conditions reminiscent of a winter in Scotland.  Cold, windy with drizzling rain only broken up by the occasional steady downpour.  There never was quite enough rain to stop the game but the cumulative effect drove all but the most devoted fans out of Hoglund early in the contest.


For most of the day the game was a pitching duel.  Kansas took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning on a two run Buck Afenir double.  Oklahoma State tied the game in the top of the seventh and the teams went into extra innings at 2-2.  OSU got to Brett Bochy (1-0) in his third inning of work and took a 3-2 lead in the top of the tenth but their closer, Randy McCurry, ran out of gas in the bottom of the inning.  After getting Jason Brunansky to line out to shortstop McCurry gave up a blop single to David Narodowski, walked Robby Price and hit Brian Heere with a pitch to load the bases with one out.  A bases loaded walk to Buck Afenir tied up the game at three.  The next batter, Tony Thompson, drove a pitch off he left field wall to bring home the winning run.  KU’s abuse of the Cowboy bullpen throughout the weekend might have forced the visitors to stick with McCurry longer than they would have liked.  The OSU closer ended up throwing 3.1 innings in a losing effort.


Buck Afenir’s three RBIs made him the clear offensive hero today.  Tony Thompson went 2-5 with the game winning RBI.  David Narodowski also went 2-5.  Lee Ridenhour was the KU starting pitcher.  Despite being under the weather he gutted out five innings of effective work and put the team in a great position to get a win.  Ridenhour gave up seven hits and one run.  He walked one and struck out four.


Kansas is back in action on Tuesday as the Jayhawks visit Creighton.  The game will be televised by CBS College Sports (Sunflower 143)  First pitch at 6:30PM.


Link to KU recap and box score after the jump.

Link to KU recap

Apr 12, 2009 at Lawrence, KS (Hoglund Ballpark)

Okla. St. 3 (21-14,4-8 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Thomas, Rafael cf 
  Harvard, Dusty cf 
Dabbs, Micheal rf 
Hambly, Tyrone 3b 
Medchill, Neil lf 
Green, Dean 1b 
Kroll, Doug dh 
Belza, Tom 2b 
David, Kevin c 
Propst, Brad ss 
Lyons, Tyler p 
  McCurry, Randy p 
Totals  40  14  11  28  12  12 

Kansas 4 (23-12,7-5 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Narodowski, David ss 
Price, Robby 2b 
Heere, Brian rf 
Afenir, Buck 11 
Thompson, Tony 3b 
Lytle, Casey lf 
Land, Preston 1b  10 
Elgie, Zac dh 
  Waters, Jimmy ph 
Faunce, Nick cf 
  Brunansky, Jason cf 
Ridenhour, Lee
  Murray, Colton p 
  Blankenship, Travis p 
  Bochy, Brett p 
Totals  36  30  12 

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
Okla. St............ 001 000 100 1 -  3 14  0
Kansas.............. 002 000 000 2 -  4  9  0

Note: 1 out, 3 runners LOB when the game ended.

DP - Oklahoma St 1. LOB - Oklahoma St 12; Kansas 9. 2B - Belza(7); David(12); Afenir, B.(8); Thompson, T.(13). HBP - Thomas; Heere, B.; Afenir, B.; Elgie, Z.. SH - Dabbs(5); Kroll(2). SF - Medchill(3). CS - Belza(1).

Okla. St.   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Lyons, Tyler   6.0  24  26  87 
McCurry, Randy L,1-1  3.1  12  15  61 
Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ridenhour, Lee   5.0  20  23  72 
Murray, Colton   1.1  28 
Blankenship, Travis   0.2  10 
Bochy, Brett W,2-0  3.0  12  13  54 

Win - Bochy, B. (2-0). Loss - McCurry (1-1). Save - None. WP - Lyons(2). HBP - by Ridenhour (Thomas); by Lyons (Elgie, Z.); by McCurry (Heere, B.); by McCurry (Afenir, B.). Pitches/strikes: Lyons 87/57; McCurry 61/39; Ridenhour 72/52; Murray, C. 28/16; Blankenship 10/5; Bochy, B. 54/36.

Umpires - HP: David Wiley 1B: Randy Bruns 3B: Dan O'Connell
Start: 1 pm Time: 2:57 Attendance: 643
Weather: Overcast, drizzle, 49 degrees
Lyons faced 1 batter in the 7th.