The Kansas Jayhawks weren’t expected to make much noise in the Big 12 Baseball Championship.
But the Jayhawks started their tournament with a big-time upset on Wednesday, knocking off No. 1 seed Texas 3-2 in their first game in Oklahoma City.
— Kansas Baseball (@KUBaseball) May 23, 2018
The Jayhawks won behind a strong effort from starting pitcher Jackson Goddard. The junior right-hander allowed one run and two hits in 6 ⅔ innings to improve to 5-1 this season.
Kansas scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, chasing Texas starter Matteo Bocchi. Right fielder Brendt Citta hit an RBI double and scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Skyler Messinger.
Texas scored in the fifth, but Goddard stranded two to escape the inning with the lead intact. In the eighth, left fielder Devin Foyle provided an insurance run with a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Texas fought back in the ninth, scoring a run and getting the tying run to third. However, sophomore Ryan Cyr ended the threat.
Kansas advances to face Baylor on Thursday. The Bears shut out Oklahoma 4-0 in their first game of the tournament on Wednesday.