Manhattan Jeff Ryan's RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning doomed Kansas to a 3-2 college baseball loss to Kansas State on Friday in both teams' Big Eight Conference opener.
K-State's Craig Wilson led off the tenth with a single and stole second. KU catcher Garry Schmidt's pickoff throw sailed to centerfield, and Wilson took third. Pitcher Eric Stonecipher issued two intentional walks and Ryan singled home the game-winner.
The Jayhawks fell to 12-9 while the Wildcats improved to 17-9. The teams will play a doubleheader today in Manhattan and conclude the four-game set Sunday.
KU starter Curtis Schmidt worked 8 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out eight. Through the first eight innings, Schmidt, a Miles City, Mont., junior, had given just four hits and retired 11 straight in one stretch. But Schmidt was tagged for three hits and two runs in the ninth inning.
WITH KU leading 2-0, K-State's Chris Himielewski singled to lead off the ninth, and he moved to second on Brad Ripplemeyer's groundout. Ryan singled to move Himielewski to third, and Scott Stroth followed with a walk to load the bases. Blair Hanneman's fielder's choice scored Himielewski. Then Larry Peddy hit a single to left to score Stroth and force extra innings.
The Jayhawks first scored in the second inning, when Schmidt drew a walk and moved to second on Darryl Monroe's single. Gerry Camara then singled to move Schmidt to third, and Schmidt scored on Kevin Marozas' groundout.
KU added a run in the eighth. Jeff Niemeier led off the frame with a double and moved to third on Denard Stewart's pop-up. He later scored on Schmidt's single to give KU a 2-0 lead.
Eric Stonecipher (2-4) was tagged with the loss. He worked two-thirds of an inning, giving two hits and one run. Winner Dan Driskill (3-1) allowed two hits and no runs over one inning. K-State starter Kent Hipp allowed four hits and two runs while fanning 12 over nine innings.