RHP Logan Verrett failed in his attempt to become the first Baylor freshman ever to start 8-0.
April 4, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Baylor freshman Logan Verrett had not lost a game since his junior season in high school. That streak came to an end Saturday as Kansas used a two-run fourth and a four-run sixth for a 6-0 victory over the seventh-ranked Bears at Hoglund Ballpark. Baylor (19-8, 6-5) suffered its first shutout of the season, while Kansas (18-11, 4-4) moved to 15-1 at home this season.
Verrett (7-1) entered the weekend tied with Kansas State's A.J. Morris for the national lead in wins after leading the national high school ranks with an 18-0 record last season. Verrett was perfect through the first three innings, but Jason Brunansky led off the fourth with a double to give the Jayhawks their first base-runner of the game. Brunansky later scored on Brian Heere's one-out double, and Tony Thompson followed with a two-out single to score Heere.
Kansas scored four runs on three hits and three walks in the sixth. Buck Afenir plated the first run with a one-out RBI double, and Thompson followed with a two-run homer down the left-field line. After a Jimmy Waters walk, Nick Faunce capped the inning with an RBI double.
Meanwhile, KU starter T.J. Walz (3-0) tossed the Jayhawks' second complete-game shutout of the season, holding Baylor to only three hits. Walz, who walked only one and struck out six, was helped by a 30-mph wind blowing in from right that kept several deep flies from Baylor batters in the park.
Verrett allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Reed Woytek allowed a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout over the game's final 2.2 innings.
Baylor did not get a leadoff man on base until the ninth inning when Dustin Dickerson singled to extend his career-long hitting streak to 13 games. Ben Booker and Aaron Miller had one-out singles in the second and third innings, respectively. Only one Baylor base-runner reached scoring position - Booker reached second on Adam Hornung's groundout in the third.
Thompson and Faunce both had two-hit games for Kansas; Thompson had three RBI.
Baylor and Kansas conclude the series Sunday with a noon CDT first pitch at Hoglund Ballpark. The Bears send right-hander Willie Kempf (2-1, 3.86 ERA) to the mound. The Jayhawks counter with right-hander Lee Ridenhour (3-2, 2.79 ERA).
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 37-6, including a 31-6 advantage in regular-season Big 12 meetings. The Bears are 15-5 all-time at Lawrence, all of which has come during the Big 12 era. ... Saturday's victory was Kansas' first in the series that was not a one-run victory. ... Hansen (eight games), Hornung (four games) and Gedwed (three games) all saw hitting streaks end.