On Sunday afternoon in Hoglund Park, the Kansas Jayhawks were able to get a big win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma State, 3-2. Wes Benjamin was the winning pitcher for the Jayhawks, while Jordan Pinche picked up the save.
With the win, Kansas improved to 18-12 overall and 5-4 in conference, while Oklahoma State fell to 22-8 and 4-4 in conference. The Jayhawks win on Sunday, followed a loss to Oklahoma State, 14-3 on Saturday, and a win in the opener on Friday, 7-5.
Benjamin pitched for six innings, giving up two earned runs and four hits, while striking out three batters. He improved to 2-3 on the year, with an ERA of 5.52. Pinche looked solid during the final three innings of work, giving up just three hits en route to picking up his sixth save of the season. Oklahoma State’s Tyler Nurdin picked up the loss, going seven innings and giving up two earned runs.
Kansas used four Oklahoma State errors to assist them in this game. The scoring began in the first inning with Kansas putting two runs on the board, while the visitors scored once. Kevin Kunz and Jordan Protacio both passed home, with Kunz’s run going in as unearned thanks to a fielding mistake by the Cowboys.
In the second inning Connor McKay started it off for Kansas with a single. The DH managed to get worked along and scored off an RBI from Trevor Tharp. Oklahoma State had a chance in the sixth inning, picking up a second run from Zach Fish, only for the rally to be snuffed out by a double play from the Kansas infielders. In all Kansas managed six hits, while Oklahoma State picked up seven.
Next up for the Jayhawks is a trip to Iowa as they face the Hawkeyes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Iowa is 11-15 on the year after a win over Nebraska on Sunday.
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