Austin, Texas Kansas University rode a five-run ninth to a 6-1 Big 12 baseball victory over 10th-ranked Texas on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field.
KU thus won the league-opening series, two games to one, and claimed its first series victory in Austin since 1996.
The Jayhawks (14-5, 2-1) relied on seven shutout-innings from senior right-hander Frank Duncan, who gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out three. However, senior closer Jordan Piché (3-0) gave up two hits and a run in the bottom of the eighth to steal the win away from Duncan.
“I am really proud of the toughness we showed,” KU coach Ritch Price said.” To have the 1-0 lead and give up the base hit with two outs off the wall and bounce back to win, makes it really special.”
Kansas rallied behind a one-out double down the right-field line by sophomore first baseman Ryan Pidhaichuk to kick off the five-run inning.
KU scored on an RBI bunt by Aaron Hernandez; a bases-loaded walk to Tommy Mirabelli; and RBI single by Michael Suiter; and an RBI hit-by-pitch by Tucker Tharp.
Kansas will travel for a single game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at New Mexico.
Kansas 000 001 005 — 6 6 0
Texas 000 000 010 — 1 6 1
W — Jordan Piché, 3-0. L — Morgan Cooper, 2-1.
2B — Ryan Pidhaichuk, KU; Mark Payton, Collin Shaw, Zane Gurwitz, Texas.
Kansas highlights — Frank Duncan 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K; Justin Protacio 2-for-4, R; Tucker Tharp 1-for-3, RBI.