LAWRENCE, Kansas – Tucker Tharp’s first hit of the game came with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning Friday as the Kansas Jayhawks recorded the 7-6 win over the Texas Longhorns in the first game of a Big 12 series. Tharp scored Dakota Smith from second after Smith and pinch-hitter Tommy Mirabelli recorded singles in the inning.
Kansas improves to 21-12 overall and 6-4 in Big 12 play while Texas falls to 18-14 on the season, 3-7 in conference.
Ty Marlow (1-2) took the loss despite starting the game at first base and throwing 3 2/3 innings in relief. He allowed one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts while going 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored and one RBI. C.J Hinojosa, Jacob Felts and Brooks Marlow added two hits each for the Longhorns.
Kevin Kuntz led Kansas with a 3-for-3 night while Justin Protacio went 1-for-3 with three runs scored and three walks. Jordan Piche’ picked up the win with 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Ty Marlow opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, his second homer in as many games. Ben Johnson later belted his third home run with a solo shot to left center. Erich Weiss reached on a single as Mark Payton and Hinojosa hit back-to-back doubles as Texas led, 4-0.
Kansas cut the lead in half with two runs in the third. Protacio led off with a walk, followed by Kuntz’s single. Michael Suiter then singled to center to score Protacio for the first run. DeLeon then hit a grounder to third as Erich Weiss threw to home in an attempt to get the lead out, but Felts was unable to grab the throw to make it a 4-2 Texas advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, DeLeon’s two-run homer put the Jayhawks in the lead for the first time, 5-4. Texas would tie it in the sixth with the bases empty and a two-out rally. Ty Marlow and Felts singled before Brooks Marlow tied it with the single to left.
The Jayhawks had runners at second and third in the seventh with two outs and looked to have the third out on a pop up near the plate by DeLeon, but Felts was unable to make the catch in fair territory as Kansas retook the lead, 6-5. A two-base fielding error on a pop-up allowed Ty Marlow to make it to second in the eighth, followed by Felts’ single up the middle to tie the game. Texas was able to get runners at first and second with one out in the 10th, but a 6-3 double play halted the threat.
The series continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on AM 1300 The Zone. Gametracker live stats will be available on TexasSports.com with live Twitter updates @Texas_Baseball.