Brent Williams’s two home runs and five RBIs led all hitters on a night that saw Oral Roberts score in bunches.
Oral Roberts (7-1) held Kansas (2-6) to one run on seven hits in a 12-1 domination.
The Golden Eagles jumped on Jayhawk starter Ryan Zeferjahn for five runs in just two-thirds of an inning, forcing KU head coach Ritch Price to replace him with Blake Weiman in the first inning.
“To their credit, they’re all juniors and seniors,” Price said. “That’s a really experienced team we played today. Ryan was mis-locating [and] was behind in the count. His fastball was in the middle of the plate. They did a really good job of being on time with it against him.”
Oral Roberts also put four runs on the board in the fifth inning against Kansas sophomore right-hander Jackson Goddard.
“Like good teams do, they kept adding. They had a five spot in one and four in another, and that’s hard to come back from,” Price said.
Six KU pitchers earned appearances in the game. Only two, junior Blake Weiman and freshman Gabriel Sotomeyer, had clean outings. The two of them combined for four innings pitched, giving up no hits or runs.
“Our best baseball–it will come. You just have to stay positive, lots of young guys out there. They’re just getting used to college baseball, and we’ll be alright,” Weiman said.
Golden Eagle pitching found much more success on the night. Kansas loaded the bases in each of the first two innings, but Oral Roberts hurler Justin McGregor shut them down each time.
Kansas continued their offensive struggles from their series at Stanford, and they have now scored just two runs in their last four games.
“We need to do a better job of taking the ball the other way,” Price said. “We need to do a better job of putting the ball in play with two strikes. You can’t look at the box score and worry about hits. You have to be productive and have good, quality at-bats.”
Injury Report: Oral Roberts’s Michael Hungate took a throw to the head while stealing second in the first inning, but stayed in the rest of the game. Kansas’s Rudy Karre hit the wall in center-left field and went down immediately. He also completed the game.
Looking Ahead: Kansas will open up a three-game series against Northwestern State in Lawrence on March 3.