Jayhawk Baseball Wins Home Opener, 8-2

March 3, 2009

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LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Sophomores Tony Thompson and Casey Lytle each had a pair of hits, while freshman pitcher Lee Ridenhour earned his second victory in as many starts as Kansas won its baseball home opener, 8-2, Tuesday against non-conference foe North Dakota at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks even their record at 3-3, while the Fighting Sioux fall to 0-5.

Kansas used a two-out rally in the second inning to take a commanding lead and rode their pitching the rest of the way.

Ridenhour, a freshman from Lenexa, Kan., mixed his pitches well for the second straight start, one week after defeating No. 21 Arkansas in Fayetteville. The 6-foot-3 righty went five innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Jayhawks gave their pitcher an early lead in the first inning as Nick Faunce reached on a two-base error and scored on David Narodowski’s sacrifice fly.

Kansas used a four-run second inning to grab a 5-0 advantage. With two outs in the inning, Jake Marasco, Lytle and Nick Faunce delivered back-to-back-to-back RBI singles. After Robby Price was hit by a pitch, Narodowski collected his second RBI of the game with a base hit to center field, scoring Faunce.

After KU stretched its lead to 6-0 on a Zac Elgie sac fly, the Sioux answered with two runs in the top of the fourth with Josh Nelson’s run-scoring single and Ryne Jungling’s RBI ground out.

That was the only threat that the Sioux mounted as Ridenhour and the bullpen combination of Kevin Burk, Brett Bochy and Paul Smyth retired 15of the final 17 hitters they faced.

Kansas added two more runs in the seventh on a Faunce sac fly and an RBI double by Buck Afenir.

The Jayhawks (3-3) will face North Dakota again Wednesday in the second game of the two-game series at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.