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March 24, 1996


Bobby Randall took one look at Jeff Andra's season statistics and thought, "No problem."

Randall took one look at Andra live and thought, "Big problem."

Andra, Oklahoma's sophomore left-handed pitcher, threw eight innings of four-hit, shutout baseball, and the 22nd-ranked Sooners blanked Kansas, 11-0, on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.

"We looked at his stats and didn't think he was that good," said Randall, KU's first-year coach. "But he's so good, he took our hope away, that's what he did."

And he transferred a little of that hope back to the Sooners, who have made a habit simply of outscoring their opponents on their way to a 17-8 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Big Eight.

"We haven't pitched well," OU coach Larry Cochell said. "We can score runs. If we keep it going -- and you never can -- we'd have every offensive record there is. But our pitching hasn't been consistent."

Then along came Andra, a graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest who befuddled the Jayhawks for four no-hit innings and allowed just one KU runner past first. Kansas' Stephen Matthews hit a two-out pinch-hit double in the eighth to become the first and only Jayhawk to advance beyond the initial 90 feet.

"There's no question, (Andra) just took our offense completely away," Randall said. "We only got one guy to second base. When you do that, your chances of winning aren't very good."

Andra entered with a 2-1 record and a lofty 8.10 earned run average. He missed his last two starts nursing tendinitis in his left arm.

"Andra was just outstanding," Cochell said. "We knew he was going to be a good pitcher for us, so we made him miss a couple starts. He's better now."

Mike Dean's infield single to lead off the fifth broke up Andra's no-no.

By that time, the Sooners led, 3-0, courtesy of Damon Minor's monster three-run home run to right-center in the third.

OU added three runs in the seventh and a five-spot in the ninth.

"We're taking it kind of tough," KU's Justin Headley said after the Jayhawks' third straight loss. "We just never got anything going offensively, then we laid down, instead of fighting like we had been."

The game wasn't without its KU highlights. Kansas center fielder Isaac Byrd robbed Jamie Gann of a home run in the second when he skied to pluck the would-be dinger from over the left-center field wall. And Clay Baird (4-2) pitched out of two jams with runners on second and third with one or none out.

But the day belonged to Andra and the Sooners.

"It's not too late," Headley said. "We're not in a big hole. It's not like the season's lost. We're not at the panic stage. We just need to go out and work hard and continue to get better."

KU fell to 12-9 and 2-3 in the Big Eight.

The two teams will conclude their series today at 1 p.m. at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.

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