STILLWATER — That lead would not last long, however.
In the bottom of the second, KU starter Frank Duncan (4-2) hit Gage Green with a pitch to open the frame, and Zach Fish followed with a double. Up next, Tim Arakawa deposited a Duncan offering over the wall in right field to put the Cowboys on top, 3-2. The homer was the second in as many at bats for Arakawa, who also delivered the go-ahead runs with a round tripper in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game.
Two innings later it was Williams’ turn as the freshman smacked his first-career homer to straightaway center field, a two-run blast that pushed the OSU lead to 5-2.
That was plenty of cushion for the Cowboy bullpen, which continued to dominate opposing offenses.
Battenfield came on in relief of Nurdin in the third and allowed just one run on five hits over the next 3 1/3 innings before yielding to Vince Wheeland.
After Wheeland kept KU off the scoreboard and without a hit over the next 2 1/3 frames — with OSU adding another insurance run on an RBI single by Donnie Walton in the seventh — McCurry came on in the ninth to close it.
The Jayhawks managed to get a pair of baserunners in the inning to bring up the tying run, but McCurry struck out pinch hitter Ryan Pidhaichuk to end the game.
OSU returns to action Tuesday when the Cowboys travel to Tulsa to take on Oral Roberts.