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KSU POUNDS JAYHAWKS IN BASEBALL

May 2, 1999

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Sometimes trying to do too much means doing too little.

Playing in front of the largest crowd to witness a Kansas University baseball game, the Jayhawks tried to force things and it backfired.

A six-run eighth inning doomed Kansas as coach Bobby Randall stayed stagnant at career win No. 399 and Randall's Jayhawks lost, 10-3, to Kansas State on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark to keep the milestone win at bay.

"I think the kids are trying too hard to win," KU Randall said. "Thinking all the time about trying to win will make anyone really nervous."

Not even the largest crowd ever for a Kansas baseball game -- 1,988 showed up at the renovated complex, the largest since 1,848 watched Wichita State play here in 1996 -- could get Randall the win that he has been waiting on since KU beat Rockhurst on April 21. The Jayhawks have lost seven consecutive games since that contest.

Kansas pitcher Dan Olson admitted that the surroundings made him apprehensive.

"Yeah, playing in front of a big crowd like that made me nervous," Olson said.

Olson allowed one run off four hits through 5 1-3 innings. The outing was Olson's longest of the season. The hurler has been struggling with elbow problems.

"Everything was working early," Olson said. "I felt fine. I wanted to stay in there."

Randall pulled Olson after his pitch count ran into the 90s. Chris Williams entered and pitched effectively for KU (11-36 overall, 4-25 Big 12).

"I didn't think Dan could go six for us because of his elbow," Randall said. "And the whole plan was to bring in Chris then Colin."

That's Colin Call, who mustered one out before allowing four runs (three earned) and three walks -- all part of a six-run eighth inning that made the score 9-3.

The rivals were tied at 3 after seven innings. In the decisive eighth, Kansas State (22-23, 8-14 Big 12) sent 11 batters to the plate.

"There's no explanation," Randall said. "Except fundamentally we just fell apart the last three innings."

Kansas, the worst statistically in the Big 12 in hitting and pitching, couldn't do much against Wildcat pitcher Derek Andersen. The southpaw had a career-high 15 strikeouts while pitching a complete-game, eight-hitter.

"The lefty they threw pitched extremely well," Randall said. "The runs we did get were pretty amazing. They didn't just boot the ball around, we really did some good things to score."

KU wiped out a 1-0 deficit in the fifth. Shane Wedd doubled and scored on a Corey Harrington single. The Jayhawks scored twice in the six and looked to be in command. Wedd went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Mark English slugged a leadoff homer in the Wildcats' two-run seventh. English has slugged five homers in the past eight games.

Randall will have another chance today to record his 400th win when the Jayhawks complete their three-game series against Kansas State at 1 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.

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