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.