The Kansas baseball team was hurt by a strong wind blowing out and a record-breaking number of home runs in a 27-6 loss to Oklahoma State Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
While fighting against a heavy wind, it was difficult for the Jayhawk pitchers to contain the Cowboys' bats. Oklahoma State (21-11, 7-3 Big 12) launched 12 home runs in the contest, breaking the record for the most home runs hit by a Kansas (17-16, 2-8) opponent.
The Cowboys knocked around Jayhawk starting pitcher Ryan Cyr (2-4) early, collecting two runs in the top of the first frame. The Jayhawks evened the score with two runs of their own off of Oklahoma State starter Jensen Elliott (4-2) in the bottom of the inning, with sophomore Tom Lichty and junior James Cosentino each driving in a run.
It was after the first inning that the Cowboys started their attack, adding a run in every frame that followed and scoring 25 additional runs. Junior Benjamin Sems recorded a 3-for-3 performance with a walk and a run scored, and sophomore Skyler Messinger recorded two doubles to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
The second game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.