OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Nolan Kingham scattered seven hits in a complete game victory and held off a rally in the ninth inning as Texas defeated Kansas 5-4 in the winner’s bracket of the Big 12 Tournament Thursday night.
Kingham (9-4) struck out seven for the Longhorns, who are one win away from reaching the championship game.
Matt McCann, Zane Gurwitz, Bret Boswell and Michael McCann each had two hits for the sixth-seeded Longhorns (36-20), who left 12 runners on base. McCann singled to score two in the bottom of the second inning as Texas scored four runs to take control.
Kansas’ Jaxx Groshans hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game, then David Kyriacou hit the ball near the warning track before it was caught to end the threat.
Jackson Goddard (5-4) took the loss for the seventh-seeded Jayhawks (30-27).