Jayhawks Hold Off Sacramento State, 4-3

Feb. 26, 2010

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PEORIA, Ariz. –

Junior outfielder Brian Heere collected a pair of hits and saved a run with a diving catch in the fourth inning, while senior pitcher Brett Bollman scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn his first win of the season as Kansas tipped Sacramento State 4-3 Friday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

The 25th-ranked Jayhawks improved to 2-1 on the young season, while the Hornets evened their record at 2-2.

For the third consecutive game, KU received a strong starting pitching performance as Brett Bollman held the Hornets to just one earned run on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. He mixed a cut fastball with a curve and a changeup to keep the Sacramento State hitters off-balance.

After allowing a run on two hits in the first, Bollman retired seven of the next eight hitters he faced, allowing his offense to give him a lead.

In a one-all tie, the Jayhawks took a 3-1 lead in the third inning as both Casey Lytle and Robby Price reached with two outs. Heere then singled off the first baseman’s glove to load the bases. Left fielder Jimmy Waters provided a clutch base hit with a single to right to stake KU to a two-run advantage.

After Sacramento State cut the lead to one on an RBI single by Trevor Bloom, the Jayhawks answered with a two-run single by Jake Marasco in the sixth inning.

Kansas relief pitchers Travis Blankenship and Brett Bochy held the Hornets scoreless over the final 2 1/3 innings to give the Jayhawks their second victory of the season.

KU will face Sacramento State Saturday at 4 p.m., before taking on Gonzaga at 8 p.m. in day two of the Peoria College Baseball Challenge.