College Station, Texas Jared Schweitzer's RBI double in the 12th inning pushed Kansas University past No. 16 Texas A&M, 7-5, on Friday night before 6,511 fans at Olsen Field.
The Aggies (20-10 overall, 2-5 Big 12 Conference) outhit Kansas (22-10, 2-2), 13-10, but three costly errors in the second and third innings led to three unearned runs.
With the score tied at five, Schweitzer doubled to score Ritchie Price and Sean Richardson in the top of the 12th.
Schweitzer's hit spoiled a comeback for the Aggies, who were shut out for the first six innings before scoring a combined four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to force extra innings.
Robert Ray (1-3) suffered the loss for the Aggies, allowing three runs on four hits in 31/3 innings in relief. He struck out six and walked one.
Kansas reliever Don Czyz (3-1) did not allow a run in the bottom to nail down the win. Czyz allowed just one run on three hits in 41/3 innings of work. He fanned five and walked one.
Down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Aggies mounted a furious comeback with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to send the game to extra innings.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Coby Mavroulis and Austin Boggs did the damage in the seventh, and a RBI groundout by Justin Pouk and a RBI single by Sebek drove in the runs in the eighth.
Kansas regained the lead in the top of the 10th when Richardson doubled to plate A.J. Van Slyke.
The Aggies answered in the bottom of the frame with a triple by Andrew Baldwin and another RBI single by Sebek.
A&M starter Jason Meyer allowed four runs -- one earned -- on five hits in 72/3 innings.
Kansas scored first in the top of the second by plating two unearned runs without the benefit of a hit. Richardson and John Allman drew walks from Meyer. Ryne Price lifted a high fly ball down the right-field line that was dropped by Baldwin, allowing both runners to score.
The Jayhawks added another unearned run in the top of the third. Erik Morrison reached on a bunt single to start the inning and advanced to third when Richie Price reached on a fielding error by second baseman Ryan Hill. Morrison then scored on a groundout by Van Slyke.
Van Slyke drove in his second run of the game with a two-out RBI single to right in the top of the fifth to make the score 4-0.
The second game of the series will be at 7 tonight.
|Matt Baty lf||3||0||0||0|
|Ritchie Price ss||6||1||1||0|
|A.J. Van Slyke rf||6||1||2||2|
|Gus Milner cf||6||0||1||0|
|Sean Richardson c||4||2||2||1|
|Jared Schweitzer 1b||6||0||1||2|
|John Allman dh||5||1||1||0|
|Ryne Price 2b||4||0||0||0|
|Erik Morrison 3b||5||2||2||0|
|Parker Dalton ss||6||0||0||0|
|Ryan Hill 2b||6||1||2||0|
|Cliff Pennington dh||6||1||0||0|
|Justin Pouk c||6||0||1||1|
|Andrew Baldwin rf||6||2||3||0|
|Todd Sebek lf||6||1||3||2|
|John Infante cf||5||0||1||0|
|Coby Mavroulis 1b||3||0||2||1|
|Austin Boggs 3b||4||0||1||1|
|Don Czyz W, 3-1||41/3||3||1||1||1||5|
|Robert Ray L, 1-3||31/3||4||3||3||1||6|