However, OU actually erased the deficit. Max White went 2 for 3 and ignited a seven-run fifth inning with a three-run homer with Craig Aikin and Jack Mayfield aboard. Hunter Haley followed with a three-run triple to give OU a 8-7 lead.
“You have to give our guys credit, we fought back. Our position players played well. We didn’t make any errors. We out-hit them and played really hard for a Sunday game,” Golloway said.
But OU didn’t out-pitch the Jayhawks.
Reliever Billy Waltrip got the last out in the first inning and stabilized the game for the Sooners. But he ran out of gas in the seventh inning, giving up three straight singles with the last being an RBI single by Alex DeLeon to tie the game. Reliever Jake Fisher gave up another to Jake Boylan to give Kansas the lead for good.
Waltrip (1-2) took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out two over 51⁄3 innings.
Kansas’ bullpen was the difference Saturday. Robert Kahana (3-1) picked up the victory. He held the Sooners scoreless over 22⁄3 innings.
The chance that got away was in the eighth inning when OU had Aikin and White and third and second base with no outs. The Sooners left them stranded.
“That hurt us. We have to get them in right there,” Golloway said.
Jordan Piché picked up the save by putting out the fire in the eighth inning and getting Kansas through the ninth inning.
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