STILLWATER, OKLA. One poll ranks Kansas 16th in the country. The other has Oklahoma State as No. 16. On this night, the Jayhawks didn't look it; the Cowboys did, and then some.
It didn't hurt that Cowboy starter Jason Bell looked like Nolan Ryan.
Bell, a sophomore right-hander, struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just three hits as OSU trounced Kansas, 12-0, on Friday night at Reynolds Stadium.
"That's as good as he can pitch, that's as good as we can play," said OSU assistant coach Tom Holliday.
Not since May 1, 1992, had the Jayhawks been held scoreless, but then, Bell was as good as they had seen since then, KU coach Dave Bingham said.
"That was the best guy we've faced all year," Bingham said. "He was dominating. I thought he was tremendous. Nobody's done that to us. Nobody strikes out 15 guys. Nobody. We haven't been shut out in a hell of a long time."
No KU starter has struggled so this season. Right-hander Chris Corn allowed 10 runs, eight of them earned, on seven hits in five innings and dropped to 4-1.
Oklahoma State scored two in the first when Jake Benz walked with one out and Peter Prodanov, who beat KU in last season's Big Eight championship with a 10th-inning home run, homered over the left-field fence.
"Nothing was going my way," Corn said. "When you're behind in the count a lot, bad things happen, and that was pretty much the way it was all day."
The Cowboys made it 5-0 in the second, when their first two batters singled and KU committed three errors. The Jayhawks made four miscues on the night.
"Our defense didn't help Corn at all," Bingham said. "It might have been a different game if we'd helped him, and he needed it."
Brent Wilhelm, Darryl Monroe and Dan Rude mustered KU's only three hits, but Monroe was the only Jayhawk not to fan. Ron Oelschlager suffered the ignominy of striking out all four times at bat. He was called out to end the game.
"We just didn't play aggressive at all," Monroe said. "We were really insecure. (Bell) had good stuff; maybe he caused a little of that, but a lot of it was us, too. I think we were intimidated. I don't think we came in to win."
Kansas fell to 23-8 overall and 9-4 in the Big Eight. Oklahoma State now is 24-9 and 10-2. The teams continue their series at 2 p.m. today with KU's Clay Baird (3-1) opposing Rob Linfante (2-1).