Kansas Falls to Eastern Michigan, 11-6
March 3, 2013
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Eastern Michigan collected a season-high 16 hits as the Eagles earned a series spilt, knocking off Kansas, 11-6, Sunday afternoon at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Jayhawks fall to 6-5 on the season, while EMU improved to 3-7.
After the Jayhawks fought back from a six-run deficit to pull within 8-6 after six innings, the Eagles answered with a three-run seventh to take control of the game. Designated hitter Lee Longo and catcher Adam Sonabend each chased home runs with base hits in the seventh, while right fielder Sam Ott scored on a wild pitch – one of five issued by Jayhawk pitching Sunday.
The Eagles also scored five runs in the fifth inning to stretch a 2-1 lead to a six-run advantage. First baseman Mitchell McGeein capped the rally with a two-run homer.
However, Kansas fought back, scoring four times in the sixth. After a walk and a single by Tommy Mirabelli, Justin Protacio delivered an RBI single to center field, cutting the deficit to five runs.
Senior Jordan Dreiling, who collected two more hits in the game, reached on an error and Alex DeLeon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshman Jacob Boylan then lined a double up the middle to plate two runs and cut the EMU lead to 8-6. That was as close at KU would come.
The Jayhawks left 10 men on base in the game, including multiple base runners in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Dreiling led the offense with two hits and a run scored, marking his third multi-hit game of the weekend. In four games against EMU pitching, the senior captain went 10-for-19 with four doubles and five runs scored.
After moving its last two weekend series away from Hoglund Ballpark due to winter weather, the Jayhawks will play their home opener on Thursday, March 7, when they host Niagara at 3 p.m.
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