OKLAHOMA CITY | A friendly bounce allowed Kansas State to defeat Kansas 5-4 in the Big 12 Baseball Championship opening game.
With two outs in the eighth, Rob Vaughn hit a soft liner to center that bounced in front of a diving Jason Brunansky. The ball hopped over his glove and trickled a few feet behind him, allowing Jordan Cruz, who had singled, to score from first.
The game went back and forth in the late innings. Kansas struck first against Wildcats starter Lance Hoge with a run in the fifth, but Hoge had worked out of several jams before then.
Kansas State came back with three in the sixth, and the Jayhawks regained the edge with three in the seventh.
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The Wildcats took advantage of two Kansas errors to get it tied 4-4 in the seventh to set up the eighth-inning dramatics.
Kansas left 12 runners on base, nine in the first five innings.
This was the fourth straight meeting between the teams. K-State won last Friday in Manhattan with the Jayhawks taking two over the weekend in Lawrence.
Pool play continues for both teams today Kansas taking on Texas at 3 p.m. and the Wildcats meeting Baylor at 7:30 p.m.