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KU baseball knocked out of Big 12 tourney in two games

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.

Now Kansas will wait.

The third-seeded Jayhawks went two-and-done at the Big 12 baseball tournament, falling 4-3 to No. 7 seed Baylor in an elimination game on Thursday morning at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The loss came 24 hours after KU opened the tournament by losing to No. 6 West Virginia.

The Jayhawks, who dropped to 34-24 on the season, appeared to be close to an NCAA tournament lock after finishing third in the Big 12 regular-season standings. But after a winless trip to the Big 12 tournament, it could be a nervous weekend for Kansas coach Ritch Price and his team. The NCAA tournament selection show is on Monday morning.

The Jayhawks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Thursday, manufacturing a run on a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly from third baseman Tommy Mirabelli.

But Baylor struck back against Kansas starter Frank Duncan, busting out for four runs in the bottom of the third. Duncan, a senior right-hander, would settle down and last seven innings. But the Jayhawks could only muster two more runs on a two-run double from Connor McKay in the top of the sixth.

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