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Archive for Sunday, April 29, 1990

JAYHAWKS SWEEP OU

April 29, 1990

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Steve Renko, Mike Massey and Kansas' baseball team showed Saturday that there's more than one way to sweep a doubleheader.

Renko, a hard-throwing senior, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and wound up with a three-hit, 6-1 win over Oklahoma.

Then came Massey in the seven-inning nightcap, scattering hits all over Hoglund-Maupin Stadium. Through six innings he held the Sooners scoreless on eight hits before allowing four runs and coming away with a 7-4 victory.

"Those are two different type pitchers completely," KU coach Dave Bingham said. "We had a dominating effort through six by Renko, and we struggled throughout with Massey."

Renko didn't dominate right away. He retired the first batter and walked the next two.

"I struggled a little," he said. "I was high in the first inning. Then I started using my legs a little bit more, and once I did I started hitting my spots."

And the Sooners started hitting the ball to KU's fielders.

"I DIDN'T throw the fastball very hard, and I didn't have much of a curveball," Renko said. "But they hit the ball and we made the plays. It was one of my better performances. I was in the zone and I let them hit the ball."

Following the two first-inning walks, Renko retired 18 straight. And yes, he realized he was on the way to a no-hitter.

"To tell you the truth, in the seventh inning I did," he said. "It started affecting me. I was trying to be too fine."

Rich Samplinski made the point moot with his seventh-inning single.

"I wasn't happy, but it was like a burden was lifted off my back when he hit it," Renko said. "I wasn't devastated at all."

OU's sole run was a homer by shortstop Mike Hickey in the eighth. But Renko's teammates had lifted him well out of the Sooners' reach with a five-run sixth inning.

"WE HIT A lot better with runners in scoring position, and we competed real well with two strikes," said centerfielder Pat Karlin, who was 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBI on the day. "It seem like here lately we've either hit well and not pitched as well or pitched well and not hit as well. Today we did both."

Oklahoma connected solidly against Massey, if not opportunistically.

"I feel more comfortable with guys on base," Massey said. "They made a lot of defensive plays behind me today. You can just let guys hit when you know you have good defense behind you."

The dam finally broke in the seventh. Bingham visited the mound after Massey allowed two hits and stabbed a line drive for an out, but left him to give two more hits, one a three-run homer by third baseman Scott Campbell.

"He asked how I felt, and I said I felt I could get the job done," Massey said. "Obviously, I didn't have anything left. I just ran out of gas in the last inning."

Brad Hinkle finished both games, retiring the last two OU batters in the first game and mowing down three in a row in the nightcap.

THE JAYHAWKS, who entered Saturday's twinbill in the Big Eight cellar, stayed there. But they also stayed in the hunt for an upper-division finish. KU improved to 23-24 overall and 6-8 in the conference while Oklahoma fell to 27-22 and 7-12.

"The thing today was the kids competed so hard," Bingham said. "They were in a pressure situation where we've got to win to stay in the race. They really want to do it. Both clubs had that pressure, and I thought ours responded well to it."

The series concludes with a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. today at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.

First Game OKLAHOMA

ab r h bi Byron Mathews cf

FJ Mike Hickey ss

FJ Scott Campbell lf

FJ Rich Simplinski 3b

FJ Matt Burke 1b

FJ Brian Grejtak dh

FJ Rhett Smith c

FJ Brady Cantrell c

FJ Andre Champagne 2b

FJ Totals

FJ KANSAS

ab r h bi Pat Karlin cf

FJ David Soult ss

FJ Mike Bard dh

FJ Jeff Niemeier lf

FJ Mark Moore c

FJ Gerry Camara 3b

FJ Denard Stewart rf

FJ Jim Hanna 1b

FJ Jeff Berblinger 2b

FJ Totals

FJ Oklahoma

FJ Kansas

FJ

EBurke, Champagne. DPOU 1, KU 1. LOBOU 5, KU 8. 3BKarlin. HRHickey (5). SBSoult.

IP H RER BB SO Oklahoma Matt Ruebel L,4-4

FJ Casey Mendenhall

FJ Steve Dean

FJ Kansas Steve Renko W,6-5

FJ Brad Hinkle

FJ

PBSmith, Moore. HBPHanna (by Dean). T2:30. A650.

Second Game OKLAHOMA

ab r h bi Byron Mathews cf

FJ Greg McKitrick ph

FJ Mike Hickey ss

FJ Scott Campbell 3b

FJ Rich Samplinski dh

FJ Matt Burke 1b

FJ Brent Bohrofen rf

FJ John Kosenski lf

FJ Brian Cavalli c

FJ Brady Cantrell ph

FJ Andre Champagne 2b

FJ Totals

FJ KANSAS

ab r h bi Pat Karlin cf

FJ Mike Bard 1b

FJ Mark Hummel dh

FJ Denard Stewart rf

FJ Jeff Niemeier lf

FJ Mark Moore c

FJ Gerry Camara 3b

wl0 0 0 0 David Soult ss

FJ Jeff Berblinger 2b

FJ Totals

FJ Oklahoma

FJ Kansas

FJ

EBerblinger, Soult, Huslig. DPOU 1, KU 3. LOBOU 7, KU 7. 2BNiemeier, Karlin, Cantrell. HRCampbell (5). SBStewart, Karlin.

IP H RER BB SO Oklahoma Jim Huslig L,2-3

FJ Casey Mendenhall

FJ Steve Dean

FJ Kansas Mike Massey W,3-2

FJ Brad Hinkle

FJ

WPHuslig. T2:15. A650.

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