Late Jayhawk Rally Falls Short in 7-4 Loss at UTSA
March 2, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Senior designated hitter Chris Manship went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the ninth as Kansas scored three runs in the last frame. But it was not enough. UTSA starting pitcher Casey Selsor pitched eight strong innings, while the Roadrunners scored four runs in the first to claim a 7-4 victory over the Jayhawks Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
UTSA improves to 7-3 on the season, while KU falls to 5-3.
Selsor, the UTSA ace, was dominant in his start, allowing one run on five hits over eight innings with two walks and three strikeouts. The senior lefty improved to 3-0 on the season.
KU rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning on RBI hits by Zac Elgie and Manship, however the deficit proved to be too big to overcome.
UTSA scored four runs in its first five at bats of the game, collecting five consecutive hits. Center fielder Daniel Rockett had a two-run double to right and DH Mike Warren slapped a two-run single to center field in the biggest inning against KU this season.
After a rough opening inning, sophomore right-handed pitcher Frank Duncan settled down. The 6-foot-4 righty held the Roadrunners to just four hits over six innings after the initial outburst. He finished the night with no walks and four strikeouts.
UTSA added three insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings against KU’s bullpen, which loomed large when the Jayhawks brought the tying run to the on-deck circle after trailing by six runs to open the ninth.
Manship and redshirt-junior first baseman Jake Marasco each had two hits for the Jayhawk offense, which didn’t get rolling until late in the game.
Kansas will look to bounce back Saturday when it faces Louisiana at 2 p.m. at Wolff Stadium.