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March 31, 2014

Sooners fall short against Jayhawks on the diamond

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Oklahoma finally scored more than two runs. But it needed at least one more in its bid to sweep a three-game series at Kansas on Sunday.

The Sooners fell, 4-3, to the Jayhawks in the series finale. The loss dropped OU to 20-9 and 4-2 in the Big 12. Kansas improved to 18-10 and 3-3.

OU pushed two runs across in the top of the ninth inning to make things interesting. An RBI single from Austin O’Brien and Tyler Coolbaugh tied the game when he scored on error by Kansas catcher Ka’iana Eldredge.

However, the Sooners couldn’t force the game to extra innings. Kansas designated hitter drove in the game-winning run with a deep single over the head of Sooner left fielder Hunter Haley. Justin Protacio easily scored from second base to end the game.

Kindle Ladd (1-1) threw the final 21⁄3 innings and took the loss. He struck out three and surrendered one run on two hits and a walk.

Kansas closer Jordan Piche’ (4-2) blew the save, but picked up the victory. He allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work.

The Sooners return to L. Dale Mitchell at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the first of two non-conference games against Oklahoma State (19-9, 3-3) this season.

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