By Andrew Hartsock
March 27, 1994
Kansas’ relievers couldn’t provide much relief, and Oklahoma proved one of baseball’s fundamentals: If you can walk, you can run.
Spotted a 7-5 lead through David Meyer’s 6 the talent to find some fish that will bite. He has been known to catch countless walleyes on the face of the dam, as well as channel catfish and white bass up in the creeks that feed the lake. And he occasionally finds some of those elusive crappies while he is at it.
ls reached on Dan Rude’s error. Mark Soto followed with an RBI fielder’s choice. Meyer walked Mickey Meunier to put runner’s on first and second, and Meyer was replaced by Jason Schreiber.
Rick Gutierrez smacked a two-run double down the third-base line to tie it at 7. Gutierrez stole third and scored when catcher Ted Meadows’ throw sailed into left field. Then M.J. Mariani homered off Schreiber (1-1) to make it 9-7, Oklahoma.
“We’ve got to get stronger in the bullpen,” KU coach Dave Bingham said. “I think everybody has a closing guy and a starting guy. The question is, who’s solid in middle relief?”
And then there’s the question of the walks.
“If you walk 12 guys over nine innings, you don’t have much chance to win that ballgame,” Bingham said. “I’m pretty sure the little sisters of the poor could have beat us with 12 walks.”
The Jayhawks stayed close throughout. Trailing 3-0 in the first, Mahon jerked a Steve Connelly pitch over the right-center fence to pull KU within 3-1.
KU tied it in the second, thanks to consecutive singles by Brent Wilhelm and Ron Oelschlager, an error on OU left-fielder Dusty Hansen, an RBI fielder’s choice by Joe DeMarco and an RBI single by Rude.
OU took the lead, 4-3, in the fourth, but Kansas responded with a four in the fifth. Rude singled to lead off, and Mahon followed with a single to right, where Darvin Traylor misplayed the ball, allowing Rude to score and Mahon to advance to third. Darryl Monroe hit a grounder to short, but Hills’ error allowed Mahon to score and Monroe to reach first.
Monroe advanced on Josh Igou’s bunt single, and both advanced on a passed ball. Monroe scored on Brent Wilhelm’s groundout, and Igou went to third on Oelschlager’s groundout. Brandon English was intentionally walked, and Igou scored on a delayed double-steal to make it 7-4, Kansas.
“That part of it we played pretty well,” Bingham said. “But we had a chance to turn it around — we had the bases loaded once and runners on — and we didn’t.”
Still, KU took two of three from the Sooners this weekend and four of five this season.
“In the Big Eight, it’s a 30-game race,” Mahon said. “Last year, we lost seven or eight, so we’re happy to take four of five. But you like to go on the field thinking you can win them all.”
“Overall,” added Bingham, “I feel it was a pretty good series. I’d like to win four of five from everybody. But I was concerned today. We weren’t very tough in RBI situations.”
Kansas (19-6 overall, 5-2 in the Big Eight) will play host to Iowa State at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Oklahoma improved to 18-8 and 3-4.
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