Kansas and TCU both needed to win the Big 12 Championship in order to prolong their postseason. The teams battled in the final game of pool play on Saturday night and behind steady pitching, the Jayhawks kept their hopes of an NCAA regional berth alive for one more day.
Robert Kahana took the mound for the Jayhawks and Andrew Mitchell for Texas Christian. The two both started hot. A two out single in the bottom of the third broke the scoreless tie. Kansas' Kevin Kuntz slapped a 3-1 pitch to left field and scored Ka’iana Eldredge.
“Robert Kahana grinded out six quality innings for us" Kansas coach Ritchie Price said. "One of the things we talked about is if you are going to win big time games you need to have impact players and impact players have to play at a really high level and Robert did that tonight."
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle pulled Mitchell after five innings. Freshman lefty Alex Young took over, and the Jayhawks took advantage of the fresh arm. A double off of the right-field wall by Alex DeLeon sparked a rally and the senior infielder scored on a wild pitch two batters later to make it 2-0.