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JAYHAWKS WIN AT TEXAS

February 17, 1996

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— Kansas University's baseball team didn't just beat Texas on Friday afternoon.

To hear first-year KU baseball coach Bobby Randall tell it, the Jayhawks beat the odds, too.

"I don't think anyone expected us to come down here and win," Randall said after Kansas' stunning 7-6 victory over the No. 18 Longhorns before 4,094 fans at Disch-Falk Field. "We came down here to play baseball, and I think we played it pretty good."

The Jayhawks took the lead for good with a four-run, error-aided third inning, and the pitching threesome of Clay Baird, Nick Frank and Casey Barrett held the 'Horns in check.

"It felt good down there in the bullpen," said Baird, who has earned both of KU's victories this season. "It didn't feel as crisp as it did on Sunday, bit I used other pitches to get them out. It really felt good.

"This is huge to come down here and win. It's a lot like the caliber of place to play that Allen Fieldhouse is. To come in here and win is phenomenal."

Baird (2-0) allowed three runs -- all earned -- off six hits over five innings. Frank surrendered three earned runs off three hits over the next three innings, and Barrett picked up his first save with a no-hit ninth.

UT took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Kansas took over with a four-run third. Eric Vann drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Joe DeMarco's double. Isaac Byrd reached on a fielder's choice, and Byrd scored on a catcher's error. Then DeMarco scored and Byrd advanced to third on pitcher Jake O'Dell's throwing error. Josh Kliner followed with a triple to right, scoring Byrd. Kliner scored on Justin Headley's fielder's choice.

Texas pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the third, and both teams went scoreless until the eighth.

Kliner doubled in the top of the eighth and scored on Headley's inside-the-park home run to the left-field corner, giving KU a 6-3 cushion.

"I rounded first, and I saw their left fielder just getting up off the ground," Headley said. "I didn't get the sign to go home until I hit third base."

UT (5-6) answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the eighth, but Frank pitched out of a jam by coaxing an inning-ending pop-up with runners at second and third.

Kansas (2-2) added a single run in the top of the ninth, when freshman Les Walrond tripled to center and scored on DeMarco's sacrifice fly to left.

"Les' hit was large," Randall said. "That was the winning run, anyway you look at it."

Texas came out swinging in the bottom of the ninth. Frank came out after allowing a leadoff double, but Barrett relieved and retired the side with a groundout, a sacrifice fly and another groundout.

Kliner was the only Jayhawk with two hits. Headley went 1-for-4 with three RBIs.

The teams will continue their three-game set at 2 p.m. today. KU's Josh Belovsky, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, will pitch opposite UT's Scot Leon, a native of Topeka.

Box score on page 6C

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