Kansas Knocks Off Tabor College, 8-1
March 11, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Senior outfielder John Allman went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run, while senior Hiarali Garcia pitched three solid innings on the mound as Kansas downed Tabor College, 8-1 in a non-conference baseball game played Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The win carried two significant numbers for KU. It was the Jayhawks’ seventh-straight victory, which is the longest winning streak since the 2006 season. While it was win No. 800 overall at the college, junior college and high school levels for KU skipper Ritch Price.
Price and the Jayhawks improve to 9-5 on the season, while Tabor drops to 5-12.
Allman made his presence felt in the first inning. After junior Nick Faunce and sophomore Robby Price led off the game with back-to-back bunt singles, Allman drove a 1-0 fastball deep over the left field wall to stake the Jayhawks to a 3-0 lead.
After the Bluejays came back with a run in the top of the third, KU answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Allman started the rally with a single and then moved to third on a double by junior Preston Land. Senior Ryne Price then knocked in his team-leading 17th run of the season on a ground out to second. KU tacked on another run on a wild pitch.
Senior Erik Morrison hit his first home run of the season to lead off the sixth, while the Jayhawks put the game out of reach in the eighth inning on a two-run single by Justin Ellrich. Robby Price and Blake Slagle both collected base hits in front of the Kansas senior.
KU used six different pitchers in the game and allowed just one run on five hits. Garcia pitched the first three innings and allowed a run on two hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Brett Bochy, junior Daniel Manos, freshman T.J. Walz and sophomores Max Ellenbecker and Thomas Marcin combined to keep the Bluejays scoreless over the final six frames, while allowing just three hits.
The Jayhawks will travel to Springfield, Mo. Wednesday to battle the Bears of Missouri State at Hammonds Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.