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Thompson’s two homeruns and six RBIs not enough. OU avoids sweep by beating KU 10-9 in extra innings.

Oklahoma beat Kansas in extra innings yesterday to prevent the Jayhawks from earning the road sweep.  Sooner left fielder Casey Johnson hit a double over Jason Brunansky’s head with one out in the 10th inning to drive home the winning run and set the final score at 10-9.  Despite the result of Sunday’s game the Jayhawks accomplished a great deal this weekend.  Kansas won a Big-12 road series, which is always huge.  They went into the house of the #9 ranked team in the nation and took them down.  The Sooners were 19-2 at Dale Mitchell Park this year prior to the arrival of the Hawks.  It would appear the national buzz now has KU off the NCAA bubble so, short of a collapse in the season’s final seven games, it looks like KU will be dancing for the first time since 2006.


From a Kansas perspective there were two story lines in Sunday’s game, Tony Thompson’s monster day at the plate and Lee Ridenhour’s rough start.  Tony Thompson,  Kansas’ sophomore third baseman, furthered his case for Big-12 player of the year by smacking two 3-run homeruns which almost singlehandedly engineered a huge Hawk comeback.  Kansas fell into an early 6-2 hole due to a very off performance by freshman starter Lee Ridenhour.  In by far his worst outing of the year Ridenhour lasted only 9 batters before being lifted two outs into the first inning.  Thompson’s first home run cut the Oklahoma lead to one run at 6-5, his second homer in the top of the  5th put the Hawks up 9-7.  Unfortunately the KU scoring stopped dead at that point due to some fine relief work by the Oklahoma bullpen.   Brett Bollman deserves notice today as well.  He came in to relieve Ridenhour in the first inning and ended up sticking around until the 7th inning, retiring 18 of the 24 men he faced.


Big 12 Pct Overall Pct
Texas 15-8-1 .646 33-11-1 .744
Kansas State 12-7-1 .625 35-11-1 .755
Texas A&M 13-8 .619 31-16 .660
Missouri 14-10 .583 28-21 .571
Oklahoma 12-9 .571 34-14 .708
Kansas 12-9 .571 33-16 .673
Baylor 10-13 .435 26-20 .565
Texas Tech 9-12 .429 20-27 .426
Oklahoma State 6-13 .316 29-19 .604
Nebraska 5-19 .208 21-26-1 .448


Kansas fell to 33-16 overall and 12-9 in the Big-12, good for a tie for 5th place.  Oklahoma improved to 34-14 and 12-9.  Kansas is back in action Wednesday when they play their final non-conference game of the year at Wichita State.  First pitch 7PM.  I have to figure Cameron Selik will get the start in that game.  Brett Bollman appeared in two games this weekend and threw 87 pitches.


Box score and KU recap link after the jump.

Link to KU recap

May 03, 2009 at Norman, OK (L Dale Mitchell Park)

Kansas 9 (33-16,12-9 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Narodowski, David ss 
Price, Robby 2b 
Heere, Brian rf 
Afenir, Buck
Thompson, Tony 3b 
Lytle, Casey lf 
Land, Preston 1b  12 
Waters, Jimmy dh 
Brunansky, Jason cf 
Ridenhour, Lee
  Bollman, Brett p 
  Murray, Colton p 
Totals  34  28  12 

Oklahoma 10 (34-14,12-9 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Johnson, Jamie cf 
Harughty, Matt 2b 
Hernandez, Bryant ss 
Wise, J.T. dh 
Buechele, Garrett 3b 
Baker, Aaron 1b  10 
Ogle, Tyler c 
Ellison, Chris lf 
  Johnson, Casey lf 
Herren, Kaleb rf 
Porlier, Stephen p 
  Robinson, J.R. p 
  Hubbard, Antwonie p 
  Rocha, Michael p 
  Duke, Ryan p 
Totals  41  10  13  10  30  14 

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
Kansas.............. 203 040 000 0 -  9  6  0
Oklahoma............ 600 100 200 1 - 10 13  1

Note: 1 out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

E - Hernandez, B(17). DP - Oklahoma 1. LOB - Kansas 3; Oklahoma 6. 2B - Johnson, C.(8). HR - Thompson, T. 2(14); Harughty, M.(8). HBP - Price, Ro. 2; Johnson, J.; Ogle, T.. SH - Heere, B.(6). SB - Hernandez, B(10). CS - Brunansky(3).

Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ridenhour, Lee   0.2  43 
Bollman, Brett   6.0  24  24  83 
Murray, Colton L,2-2  2.2  10  11  49 
Oklahoma   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Porlier, Stephen   0.1 
Robinson, J.R.   4.0  14  18  61 
Hubbard, Antwonie   0.0 
Rocha, Michael   2.2  26 
Duke, Ryan W,3-1  3.0  10  37 

Win - Duke, R. (3-1). Loss - Murray, C. (2-2). Save - None. WP - Hubbard, A.(1). HBP - by Porlier, S. (Price, Ro.); by Ridenhour (Johnson, J.); by Robinson, JR (Price, Ro.); by Murray, C. (Ogle, T.). Pitches/strikes: Ridenhour 43/23; Bollman, B. 83/55; Murray, C. 49/35; Porlier, S. 9/4; Robinson, JR 61/36; Hubbard, A. 4/1; Rocha, M. 26/15; Duke, R. 37/25.

Umpires - HP: Mark Wagers 1B: Bob Homolka 3B: Bill McGuire
Start: 1:02 pm Time: 3:14 Attendance: 583
Weather: Cloudy, 56 degrees
Hubbard, A. faced 1 batter in the 5th.