LAWRENCE, Kan. — KU finally strung together a rally with two outs in the seventh, loading the bases and then getting a three-RBI triple off the wall in centerfield by Tucker Tharp, but Vince Wheeland came out of the bullpen and retired the first batter he faced to escape further damage.
The win marked the first of Robinette’s career against a Big 12 opponent as he improved to 2-0 on the season. He struck out four and issued just one walk in a career-high 6 2/3 innings.
“Robinette’s start was huge – he gave us what we needed,” Hollilday said. “He came out and stabilized the game into the seventh inning and gave us a chance to build up a cushion. He threw 104 quality pitches, and he leaves a winner and deservedly so.”
After the Jayhawks trimmed their deficit to 7-3, OSU squashed any hopes of a comeback by tallying seven runs over the final two innings.
Rea led a trio of Cowboys with three hits, with Victor Romero and Donnie Walton also reaching that total, while Krietemeier collected a career-high four RBIs.