On Sunday afternoon in Lawrence at Hoglund Park, the Kansas Jayhawks swept conference rival Baylor with a 5-4 win. The same recipe was followed by the host team for the third straight day in the one-run win.
Kansas improved to 30-18 overall while dropping Baylor to 25-23. The Jayhawks moved one half-game ahead of the Bears in the Big 12 conference standings, as Kansas is now 12-9, Baylor fell to 11-9.
Jayhawks starting pitcher Frank Duncan after a rough start, settled down in the game, giving the Jayhawks a chance. Baylor scored twice in the first inning off a Jayhawks error and two bad passes. Duncan didn’t allow an earned run over six innings of pitching, dominating the Bears other then the first frame. Baylor starter Dillon Newman pitched six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. Reliever Ryan Smith lasted two innings, giving up two earned runs and five hits. Kansas closer Jordan Piche allowed one run and three hits, before getting pulled for Colin Toalson, who finished the game.
Kansas after spotting Baylor the two run lead, began their rally in the fourth inning with a run, before knotting the game up in the fifth. The Jayhawks took the lead in the seventh, only to have Baylor come back and take the lead once again in the top of the ninth. Kansas tied the game up again in the ninth thanks to a RBI single from Connor McKay. The game-winning run was stranded on third. Kansas took care of business in the tenth with a run from Jordan Dreiling.
Next up for Kansas is a meeting with Wichita State on Tuesday at Hoglund Park. A series vs Kansas State rounds out the season next weekend.
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