Jayhawks squander chances, fall to MU

? Kansas University’s baseball team had its chances to win Sunday’s deciding game of a three-game series at rival Missouri.

But the Jayhawks left six men on base and grounded into a season-high three double plays in a 4-3 loss to the No. 20-ranked Tigers at Taylor Stadium.

KU (34-25 overall, 9-14 Big 12 Conference) had won two straight league series entering the weekend set versus the Tigers (34-17,14-10).

The Jayhawks scored two in the first. Matt Baty led off with a walk and scored two batters later when left fielder A.J. Van Slyke hit a groundball that was misplayed by MU second baseman Trevor Helms. Following a Gus Milner double, senior catcher Sean Richardson plated the second KU run off a sacrifice fly to left field.

Designated hitter Andy Scholl hit a home run to lead off the second and give KU a 3-0 lead. The home run was Scholl’s fifth and gave the Jayhawks 58 as a team — fourth most by a KU team in a single season.

Missouri plated three runs in the third off two walks, one hit batter, one hit and an error.

Missouri broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth, pushing across a run on a bases-loaded walk issued by reliever Don Czyz (3-4).

Starter Kodiak Quick struck out six, walked six and allowed four hits while pitching into the eighth inning.