OU falls to Kansas in Big 12 opener, 7-2

Third-seeded Oklahoma's Big 12 Tournament Title hopes suffered an early setback right off the bat with a 7-2 loss to sixth-seeded Kansas in game one Wednesday night at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The Jayhawks knocked out Sooner starter P.J. Sandoval in two innings jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two. After six, it was 7-1 and Jayhawk starter Kodiak Quick was in total command of the game.

The Sooners only real success against Quick was Brandon Moss, who went 3-for-4 in the game. Kody Kaiser also came up with two hits and one RBI.

KU admitted after the game that their main goal was to keep Sooner leadoff hitter Chuckie Caufield off the bases, and they were successful as Caufield went 0-3 with a sac fly.

The Jayhawks out-hit the Sooners 13-9, and outside of Moss Oklahoma never really hit the ball hard. OU also made two base running mistakes that cut potentially big innings short.

The Sooners used five pitchers in the game, including closer Will Savage who pitched a perfect ninth. John Brownell went 2.1 innings without giving up a run and Nate Hammons pitched a perfect eighth. The Sooners second hurler, Ryan Mottern, stuggled giving up two homers, five total hits and four earned runs.

OU can still reach the championship game on Sunday, but the loss certainly puts them in a bad position.

With the loss the Sooners fell to 38-18 overall, while KU improved to 39-23. The win probably puts KU in the NCAA Tournament, while the loss certainly didn't help the Sooners chances of hosting a regional.

Oklahoma gets Thursday off before facing Missouri on Friday at 5 p.m. The Sooners will start Steven Guerra (10-2, 3.58 ERA), while the Tigers will start ace Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.94 ERA), a righthander who many feel is the best in college baseball.

The seventh-seeded Tigers come into Friday night's matchup 1-0 in pool play after upsetting second-seeded Oklahoma State, 9-5, late Wednesday night.

In other Big 12 Tournament action Wednesday, top-seeded Texas beat Texas Tech 8-0 and fourth-seeded Nebraska knocked defeated fifth-seeded Baylor 3-2.

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