The Jayhawks took a huge step forward on Sunday, downing the Texas Longhorns in a 5-4 victory at Hoglund Ballpark. The win brings Kansas to 3-3 in Big 12 conference play and securing a rubber match win over the Longhorns.
Texas got on the board first thanks to a two-run third inning. But solid Jayhawk hitting quickly erased the three-run lead in the fourth.
The Longhorns answered in the 5th inning, but their lead wouldn’t last long as the Jayhawks tied the game once again in the bottom of the frame.
After trading quick innings through the 7th, the tide turned in the bottom of the 8th with a Devin Foyle RBI double. With two outs and the series on the line, Foyle delivered to deep right-center, scoring teammate Rudy Karre for the go-ahead run.
“I felt really confident and I needed that moment,” Foyle said. “Given the up-and-down hitting this season, everyone kept saying to keep my head up and the hits will fall and it did when it mattered most.”
Senior closer Stephen Villines helped claim the win in the final inning. The save etablished the California-native as the all-time save leader for the Kansas baseball program.
“I’m happy for Stephen, to break Don Czyz’s career save record, and to do it against an opponent like Texas on back-to-back days makes that record even more special,” coach Ritch Price said.
The Jayhawks will follow their biggest series win in 2017 with Missouri State on Tuesday in Springfield. The Bears are 18-9 on the season with only 3 homes losses. Kansas heads into this single-game matchup with a 12-15 record.