TULSA, OKLA. Talk about peaking at the right time.
Kansas' baseball team ran its season-high winning streak to seven on Sunday with a 7-2 victory over Oral Roberts. Its regular season concluded, KU will open play in the Big Eight tournament on Thursday against Oklahoma. Game time is 7:30 p.m., at All-Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City.
KU (23-31) won its fourth straight over the Golden Eagles (21-34) behind pitcher Linus Williams, a freshman lefthander from Stigler, Okla. Williams (2-1) surrendered two runs off four hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Robert Keens picked up his fifth save by working the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Keens, a freshman righty from Lufkin, Texas, held the Eagles to one hit.
"I was very pleased with Linus' effort," KU coach Dave Bingham said. "We got him the lead early and he went out and pitched well with the lead. He got into a little trouble in the fourth and then got through with a solid fifth. Then he got into some more trouble in the sixth, but Keens stopped them."
KU took a 4-0 lead in the first and tacked on single runs in the second and third for a 6-0 lead. ORU scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to pull within 6-2, but the Jayhawks added another run in the seventh.
Sophomore center fielder Isaac Byrd paced the KU offense with three hits -- including two doubles -- in five at-bats. Joe DeMarco clubbed his fifth homer of the season and was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Josh Igou and Alex King added two hits apiece.
"We're pretty loose right now," Igou said. "We are not pressing on offense, and we are not worrying about our mistakes."