On Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, the second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners defeated sixth-seeded Kansas 7-2 in the Big 12 conference title game. With the win, Oklahoma clinches an automatic berth to the NCAA baseball tournament, while Kansas figures to be safe.
Jacob Evans earned the win for Oklahoma after pitching five innings of relief due to starter Ethan Carnes lasting just over two innings. Frank Duncan picked up the loss as he lasted three innings and gave up five runs. Tanner Poppe, came in and pitched five strong innings for Kansas to keep the game close.
Oklahoma jumped on Jayhawks pitcher Duncan from the start, getting three runs in the top of the first inning. Kansas was able to get on the scoreboard as well in the inning with Michael Suiter driving home Justin Protacio. Oklahoma added two more runs in the third off three hits, increasing their lead to 5-1.
The Jayhawks managed to score a run in the fifth inning, as Dakota Smith crossed home thanks to a Ka’ina Eldredge sacrifice fly. Oklahoma added two more runs in the top of the ninth off reliever Drew Morovick. Jordan Piche finished the game for Kansas.
Kansas finished the season with a record of 34-25, and now await their likely spot in the NCAA tournament. The pairings will be finalized tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. central time on ESPNU.
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