Jayhawks tops Texas 4-2 in game 1

Texas 34-24 victory Alabama

By Kevin Rodriguez

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Lance Ford drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, but a three-run bottom of the ninth gave Kansas a 4-2 win over Texas Baseball in the series opener Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Longhorns (25-23, 6-12 Big 12)

Bryce Elder was outstanding yet again, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits. The sophomore struck out five batters on the night.

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Texas got the first run of the game in the top of the third after Lance Ford was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Michael McCann sacrificed Ford to second base and Duke Ellis drove him in with an RBI single after a great 10-pitch at-bat.

Kansas tied the game up 1-1 in the sixth inning after a leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt and a one-out RBI single.

The Longhorns scratched out a run in the top of the ninth to go up 2-1. Zach Zubia hit a lead off single and Kamron Fields pinch-ran for him. With two outs, Ford singled up the middle to drive in Fields.

The Jayhawks hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a two-run walk-off shot.

Texas will try to even the series with Kansas on Saturday at 2 p.m.