May 23, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks defeated West Virginia, 7-2 to open the Big 12 conference baseball tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Baseball: Jayhawks Open Big 12 Tourney With 7-2 Win

On Thursday evening at Oklahoma City, the sixth-seeded Kansas Jayhawks broke a six-game losing streak as they defeated third-seeded West Virginia, 7-2.

Starting pitcher Thomas Taylor dominated the Mountaineers batters as he held the team to just four hits over eight innings. At one time, Taylor retired 18 straight Mountaineers. Dan Dierdorff picked up the loss for West Virginia.

With the win, Kansas improved to 32-24 overall, while dropping West Virginia to 31-26. The Jayhawks were able to avenge a three-game series sweep at the hands of the Mountaineers last month.

Justin Protacio got the Jayhawks off on the right foot with a lead-off double in the first inning. Michael Suiter later drove Protacio home. Kevin Kuntz also scored in the first. Later on in the game, Suiter added a second RBI, padding the lead for Kansas.

In the ninth, Jordan Piche loaded the bases only to retire the Mountaineers with a double-play, orchestrated by Protacio at second base. Piche earned the double play off the bat of Ryan McBroom, the Big 12 conference home-run leader.

Next up for Kansas is a match-up with Oklahoma State Friday night at 7:30 p.m. central time. Currently Oklahoma State as a second-seed holds a 4-2 lead over seventh-seeded TCU in the sixth inning. These four teams are in the same pool. Kansas meets TCU on Saturday night.

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