Texas bats silenced by Jayhawks in Big 12 Tourney opener, 3-2

Ryan Reynolds (Emily Lewallen/IT)
Ryan Reynolds (Emily Lewallen/IT)

Texas didn’t face Jackson Goddard during the Longhorns sweep of the Jayhawks in mid-March. They got his best today.

Goddard pitched 6.2 innings Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. He allowed two hits, just one earned run, and struck out seven in a 119 pitch performance. Three Jayhawks pitched effectively in relief and survived a ninth inning scare to defeat the top seeded Longhorns 3-2.

Matteo Bocchi started for Texas and stumbled out of the gates in the first. Despite control problems, he didn’t let a run cross in the first three innings.

His performance deteriorated in the fourth when a walk and a double over third baseman Ryan Reynolds’ glove scored the first run of the game. A sacrifice fly several batters later made it 2-0 Jayhawks.

Goddard cruised through the first four innings, but a walk, a hit by pitch, and a RBI single by catcher DJ Petrinsky cut the lead in half in the fifth. After that single, Goddard retired the last eight batters he faced before being replaced.

The Jayhawks added one insurance run in the eighth from a Devin Foyle home run surrendered by Josh Sawyer.

The Longhorns threatened in the ninth. Reynolds knocked a two out single to cut the Kansas lead to one. With the winning run on base, DJ Petrinsky grounded to short and Reynolds was retired at second to end the game.

Texas used five pitchers in the loss. Bocchi had the highest pitch count with 70. Bryce Elder relieved him and pitched a perfect 0.2 innings on 10 pitches. Matthew Whelen delivered one of his best performances of the season after Elder. He allowed just one hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings.

Sawyer allowed the one home run in the eighth, and Andy McGuire allowed one hit in an otherwise quiet ninth inning. Both threw fewer than 20 pitches.

Elimination games begin tomorrow as Texas faces Oklahoma, who lost to Baylor earlier in the day. The matchup in Oklahoma City gets started at 9 a.m.