Ben Hartl's clutch two-run homer in the top of the ninth wasn’t enough for Kansas as No. 24 Texas walked off with a 5-4 win. Kansas, trailing 3-2 in the ninth, temporarily took the lead on Hartl's blast, but Texas responded with a game-tying solo homer and a walk-off RBI double. Kansas’s Reese Dutton allowed three runs over 5.2 innings, while Hunter Canton took the loss. Despite the setback, Kansas showed resilience, with John Nett securing his 22nd multi-hit game.

By the Numbers
  • Kansas is now 29-19, 15-13 in Big 12 play.
  • Texas improved to 33-20, 18-10 in Big 12 play.
  • John Nett went 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
  • Cooper Moore has pitched scoreless relief in 13 of his last 14 outings.
State of Play
  • Kansas took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning.
  • Texas leveled the score and secured the win in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Kansas starter Reese Dutton threw 5.2 innings, striking out six.
What's Next

Kansas will face Texas again in game two of the three-game series. The next matchup is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Bottom Line

Kansas's late-game effort fell short against a formidable Texas squad, underscoring the competitive nature of Big 12 baseball. Key performances from players like Hartl and Nett highlight the team's resilience, but consistency will be crucial in the upcoming games.