Big Inning Helps Jayhawks Rout Jackson State, 11-0
March 13, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Alex DeLeon and sophomore Michael Suiter each had three base hits, including RBI knocks as part of an eight-run fifth inning that Kansas used to trounce Jackson State, 11-0, Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks complete their five-game homestand with a spotless record and improve to 11-5 on the season, while the Tigers drop to 9-8.
Leading 3-0 after four innings, Kansas sent 13 men to the plate in the fifth, scoring eight runs on six hits to take command. Suiter and junior Tucker Tharp each had two hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Suiter with two outs to cap the scoring for the Jayhawks. Junior Ka’iana Eldredge, freshman Tommy Mirabelli and sophomore Justin Protacio all recorded bases loaded walks to force in runs, while Dakota Smith and DeLeon produced RBI hits.
KU’s offense collected 14 hits and also drew five walks in the game, including four in the fifth inning. DeLeon, Suiter and Tharp led the team with three hits each, while eight of KU’s nine starting position players had at least one base hit.
DeLeon led the team with four RBIs in the game, which included a two-run homer to left center in the first inning, which provided the Jayhawks an early 2-0 lead. The senior finished just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
The run support helped senior Tanner Poppe and four Kansas relievers collect the team’s fourth shutout of the season. Poppe picked up his first win of the season after missing starts in the previous two weekends. The senior righty tossed four scoreless innings allowing three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
After Poppe worked out of a first-and-third jam in the fourth, KU’s bullpen allowed just two JSU base runners over the final five innings.
The Jayhawks’ fourth shutout matches the team’s total from 2012 in just 16 games. KU’s school record for shutouts in a single season is nine, held by the 1978 squad.
Kansas will open Big 12 play on Friday evening when it travels to TCU for a three-game series against the Horned Frogs at Lupton Stadium. All three contests in Fort Worth, Texas, will be televised by Fox College Sports.
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