OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas, the Big 12 champion, opened its appearance at the conference’s tournament with a surprising loss to Kansas on Wednesday.
Kansas (27-28) scored the first two runs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark when Brendt Citta doubled in a fourth-inning run and moved around the bases on a groundout and sacrifice fly. Devin Foyle, who scored on Citta’s double, also hit his team-leading 10th home run in their eighth inning.
The Longhorns struck out seven times and gathered only two hits against Kansas starter Jackson Goddard, who went 6 2/3 innings. Texas got on the scoreboard with DJ Petrinsky’s RBI single in the fifth inning and Ryan Reynolds singled in a run in the final frame. UT, however, stranded a runner on third base on the game’s final play.
The loss snapped Texas’ four-game winning streak against the Jayhawks.
The Big 12’s tournament follows a double-elimination format. At 9 a.m. on Thursday, Texas (37-20) will play Oklahoma (34-22) in an attempt to avoid an early exit. The Sooners were shutout by Baylor in their first game at the tournament.
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