Kansas Takes Rubber Game From No. 1 LSU, 8-4
March 14, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. –
Senior Robby Price went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while junior relief pitcher Brett Bochy earned his second save of the weekend as Kansas earned a series victory over top-ranked LSU with an 8-4 win Sunday in the rubber game of the three game series Sunday.
The Jayhawks improve to 11-4, winning for the sixth time in their last seven games, while the defending national champion Tigers fall to 13-2 overall.
Kansas used some clutch hitting to erase an early two-run deficit, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the contest.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, freshman Jordan Dreiling started the rally with a one-out double and scored on Casey Lytle’s two-base hit to bring the Jayhawks within one. After a Price single, Brian Heere tied the game at three with a sacrifice fly.
Brett Lisher capped the rally with a two-run double following a two-out hit by Chris Manship.
The Kansas pitching staff made the runs stand up. After struggling through the first two innings, senior pitcher Cameron Selik got stronger in the middle frames to earn his fourth victory of the season.
Selik held the powerful LSU offense scoreless over the third, fourth and fifth to allow his offense to get him the lead. The senior held the Tigers to four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts, stranding eight base runners in his six innings of work.
KU’s bullpen tandem of Travis Blankenship and Brett Bochy shut out the Tigers over the final three innings on two hits.
The Jayhawks’ offense added to their lead, scoring a run in the seventh on Lisher’s third RBI of the day, and two more in the eighth on RBI hits by Lytle and Price.
Without preseason All-American Tony Thompson and the team’s leading home run hitter Jimmy Waters who were out with injuries, the Jayhawks plated eight runs against the No. 1 team in the country. Lytle led the way during the three-game series, going 7-for-13 with six runs scored and four doubles. On Sunday, Brett Lisher also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The win also marked the second time in the last two years that KU has taken a three-game series from a No. 1-ranked team. Last year, the Jayhawks swept Texas when the Longhorns were the top-ranked club.
Kansas (11-4) will travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane in a mid-week two-game series beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.