Nebraska (26-15) scored two runs in the third inning and tacked on one more in the sixth to knock off the Kansas Jayhawks (17-23-1) by a 3-1 score in Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night.
Much to the ire of the Husker fans in my section behind the plate, Jayhawk starter Hayden Edwards struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and after a nifty double play in the top of the second (0:57 mark), it looked like Kansas might be able to hang with Nebraska.
Nebraska took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a walk, a hit-by-pitch, an error, a single, and two wild pitches. However, the Jayhawks answered back immediately with a run of their own in the bottom half with a two-out rally. KU would only get two more hits after the third inning, however, and despite an OK showing from the pitching staff, could not find the bats with which to knock off the Huskers.
The Jayhawks made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases on two walks and a single with two outs before Nebraska was finally able to put Kansas away.
I say an OK showing by the pitching staff because KU pitchers had to continually wiggle out of trouble despite only giving up five hits on the night. Kansas pitchers walked seven, hit three batters, and uncorked four wild pitches. The normally reliable Kansas defense was also charged with two errors on the night, but I'm telling you, that double play in the top of the second inning better go in the next recruiting video.
Official attendance was 2,386, and unsurprisingly, at least two-thirds of them were Nebraska fans.
Up next, the Jayhawks will take on the Oklahoma Sooners for a weekend series in Lawrence at Hoglund Ballpark. Catch 'em on ESPN3 if you're so inclined.