Surprise, Ariz. Kansas University freshmen right-handed pitchers Jackson Goddard and Zack Leban allowed just four hits over eight combined innings, but No. 5-ranked Oregon State made the most of those hits in a 3-1 baseball victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.
The Beavers (7-1) hadn’t scored fewer than seven runs in any of their previous seven games.
“I am really proud of Goddard,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “He was really nervous in his first start and didn’t have a really good outing. (Sunday) he walks in against the No. 5 team in the country that has seven guys batting over .350 in their lineup — he was really special.”
Goddard allowed three runs — two earned — over 51⁄3 innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. Leban allowed a hit over 22⁄3 scoreless innings, with a strikeout and no walks.
KU (2-4) will face Utah at noon today in Goodyear, Ariz.
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Oregon State 001 002 00x — 3 4 0
W — Luke Heimlich, 2-0. L — Jackson Goddard, 0-1. Sv — Max Engelbrekt, 4.
2B —Joe Moroney, KU.
KU highlights — Goddard 51⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 B, 3 K; Zack Leban 22⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; Matt McLaughlin 2-for-3, RBI; Moroney 1-for-3, R.