John, Sooners Shut Down Kansas, 4-1
April 27, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Jordan John tossed a complete game, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts as No. 23 Oklahoma downed Kansas, 4-1, in a Big 12 series opener Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks fall to 17-26 overall and 4-12 in conference play, while the Sooners improve to 27-16 and 8-8 in the Big 12.
While the game was delayed for 1 hour, 38 minutes due to a rain and lightening today, the Oklahoma left-hander didn't miss a beat. The redshirt sophomore became the second opposing pitcher to toss a complete game against Kansas this season, joining Texas Tech's Duke von Schamann.
OU needed just a pair of two-run innings to hand KU sophomore Frank Duncan another tough-luck loss. The 6-foot-4 righty pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
The Sooners struck for two runs in the first to grab an early lead. Erik Ross and Jack Mayfield reached on a walk and a single and moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. The top two hitters in the Oklahoma lineup then scored the first two runs on a passed ball and an RBI double by Max White.
However, after the first inning, Duncan settled down and retired 12 of the next 13 men he faced. He actually came back sharper after the rain delay halted things for 1 hour, 38 minutes prior to the top of the fourth inning. The Kansas sophomore set down the first six hitters he faced after the delay, including five via strikeout.
Oklahoma scored two more runs in the sixth when Mayfield led off with a single, stole second and came home on another RBI hit by White. Right fielder Cody Reine then stretched the lead to 4-0 with an RBI double with a well placed ball into the right field corner.
Relief pitcher Jordan Jakubov pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to bounce back from a rocky outing on Wednesday.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back themselves and even the three-game series on Saturday with a 6 p.m. first pitch against the Sooners.