North Dakota Rallies Past Kansas, 12-9
March 7, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Fighting Sioux scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to erase a one-run deficit and down Kansas, 12-9 Wednesday on a windy day at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks fall to 6-6 overall, while North Dakota collects their first win of the season after losing its first five games.
Kansas trailed by five runs after the top of the fourth, but scored six-straight runs to take a 9-8 lead into the top of the ninth. However, after retiring the first four batter of the inning, junior Tanner Poppe allowed four consecutive hits by the top four hitters in the North Dakota lineup, giving the Sioux a 12-9 lead.
Tyler Follis doubled home Padraic Getchell to tie the game at nine and then scored on an RBI single by Jeff Campbell. Mark Bearmon then tripled to the gap in right center and scored on a sacrifice fly as UND put four-plus runs on the board for the second time in the game.
After the Sioux scored five in the third inning on three bases loaded walks, an RBI single and a hit batsman with the bases full, KU answered in the fifth. Michael Suiter came up with men on first and second and slammed a three-run homer to left field, making the score 8-7.
KU took the lead in the seventh, scoring two runs on an RBI single by Connor McKay – who earlier hit a solo home run – and a bases loaded walk to Chris Manship, which forced home the go-ahead run.
Suiter went 1-for-2 in the game with three walks and three runs scored, while fellow freshman McKay was 2-for-4 with his scored homer of the year and two RBIs.
Neither pitching staff found the strike zone consistently as the teams combined for 19 walks and two hit batsmen.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., Friday to participate in the Metrodome Tournament. Kansas will take on Stony Brook in a double-header on Friday at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. to open the weekend and will also face Minnesota Saturday