Eastern Michigan Takes Rubber Game, 10-4

March 13, 2011


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KU shortstop Brandon Macias and first baseman Chris Manship each had three hits, but it was not nearly enough Sunday. Eastern Michigan scored three unearned runs in the top of the second and downed the Jayhawks, 10-4 Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the three-game set at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas drops its second-straight following a three-game winning streak and falls to 7-8 on the season. Eastern Michigan improves to 9-6 overall.

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but surrendered 10 unanswered runs from that point forward. KU came out with the bats blazing in the first. KU banged out four hits in the inning, including three consecutive two-out base hits by Alex DeLeon, Jake Marasco and Brandon Macias.

However, on Macias’ single to left, Marasco was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch the lead to 3-0.

Eastern Michigan responded in the next half-inning by sending nine to the plate. The inning was extended by an error when Kansas misplayed a sacrifice bunt following a lead-off double, which allowed Ken Battiston to club a two-out, two-run homer and Daniel Russell to drive in another unearned run with an infield single.

EMU added a run in the fourth off KU starting pitcher Tanner Poppe, who allowed five runs on five hits over five innings. However, three in the second inning were unearned. The Eagles scored five more runs off of the Jayhawks’ bullpen.

Kansas scored two runs in the ninth on a single and an error off the bat of Manship and an infield RBI single by Kevin Kuntz, but it was too little, too late.

The Jayhawks matched a season high with 14 hits in the game, but mustered just four runs. Having two men thrown out at the plate and hitting into three double plays proved to be costly. Kansas also committed four errors in the game.

KU will look to right itself Tuesday when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face 14th-ranked Arkansans at Baum Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.