LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas sophomore Wes Benjamin tossed his first complete game of the season, but it was not enough to top Dillon Peters and the Texas Longhorns. Peters allowed just one run over nine innings, while right fielder Mark Payton drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning as Texas evened the three-game series with a 2-1 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
KU snaps its four-game winning streak and falls to 21-13 overall and 6-5 in the Big 12, while Texas improves to 19-14 and 4-7 in conference play.
Pitching dominated the second game of the three-game Big 12 series as the teams combined for just three runs on 11 hits. Peters was slightly better than Benjamin, going the full nine innings and allowing one run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Kansas scored its only run in the seventh inning on Tucker Tharp’s RBI double to right-center, which plated Ka’iana Eldredge, who had reached via a walk.
The Jayhawks put the tying run on in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Peters was able to get out of both innings with ground outs.
Texas scored its runs in the second and third innings on a two-out RBI single by catcher Jacob Felts and Payton’s sacrifice fly after the Longhorns had loaded the bases.
Benjamin fell to 3-4 on the year, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. The sophomore battled control problems early, but got stronger in the later innings. He allowed just four Texas base runners over the final six innings.
Senior Alex DeLeon led the Kansas offense with a pair of singles, while Kevin Kuntz, Connor McKay, Michael Suiter and Tharp all collected base hits.
The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on KLWN, 1320 AM, or watch live on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access.