Kansas shortstop Kevin Kuntz led the Jayhawks to a 6-5 win over Baylor on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Park. Kuntz, tied the game at 5, then drove home the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
With the win, Kansas improved to 29-18 overall and 11-9 in Big 12 conference play. The win also clinched the Jayhawks fifth conference series win of the season. Baylor fell to 25-22 overall.
Jordan Piche, picked up the win for Kansas, improving to 6-2 on the season while dropping his nation leading lowest ERA to 0.56. Piche, pitched the final two innings and gave up two hits over the run. Jayhawks starting pitcher Wes Benjamin, gave up 10 hits and three earned runs in the contest over five innings. Robert Kahana then pitched two innings, giving up two hits and one earned run. Baylor starting pitcher Austin Stone lasted six and two/thirds innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits.Reliever Crayton Bare pitched just over one inning, giving up two earned runs and five hits in taking the loss.
Kansas grabbed the early lead at 2-1 after two innings. Baylor continued to hang around, tying the game at 4 after six innings. Then the Bears stole the lead with a run in the top of the eighth. Kansas knotted up the score in the bottom of the eighth, with Kuntz crossing home before the shortstop drove home the game-winner.
Tucker Tharp scored two runs, while Baylor was keyed by Nathan Orf who scored two runs and made three hits.
The teams meet again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Hoglund Park. The game is scheduled to be televised by Kansas City’s Metro Sports. Frank Duncan is expected to take the mound for Kansas.
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