Indiana State Slips Past Kansas, 2-1
March 15, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Freshman Drew Morovick allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings, while senior catcher James Stanfield chipped in three hits, but it was not enough for KU baseball. Indiana State catcher Jeremy Lucas drove in a pair of runs, including an RBI double in the top of the seventh – which proved to be the winning run – as the Sycamores topped Kansas, 2-1 in the first game of the Irish Baseball Classic played Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
The win is the eighth straight for Indiana State, which improves to 13-4 on the season, while the Jayhawks fall to 8-8.
After being stifled for the first seven innings by Indiana State starting pitcher Dakota Bacus, the Jayhawks put together a pair of rallies in the final two frames. However, clutch pitching by Bacus and an assortment of Sycamore relief pitchers.
Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, Kansas put the tying and winning run on base with two outs, but ISU relief pitcher Tyler Browning fanned freshman Michael Suiter to earn his first save of the season.
The Jayhawks scored their only run in the eighth inning when freshman Dakota Smith collected an RBI ground out after a leadoff single by Suiter and a double by Chris Manship put runners on first and second with nobody out. Following Smith’s RBI, KU had the tying run 90 feet away with one out, but Kevin Kuntz’ drive down the first line was stabbed by Jon Hedges, who fired home to throw pinch runner Tucker Tharp out at the plate.
KU’s lack of offense wasted brilliant pitching by the freshman Morovick and senior relief pitcher Jordan Jakubov. Morovick went 5 2/3 innings and scattered nine hits, allowing one run with a walk and two strikeouts.
Jakubov entered in the top of the sixth with two on and two down, and promptly fanned Indiana State leadoff hitter Landon Curry to end the threat. The senior allowed his first run of the season on three hits over 3 1/3 innings and also recorded three strikeouts.
Indiana State took a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Lucas and stretched it to 2-0 in the seventh when Koby Kraemer and Lucas collected doubles.
KU’s defense enjoyed a good day. Smith, the team’s center fielder, cut a run down at the plate in the second inning following a base hit and made an over-the-shoulder running catch to save extra bases in the eighth. Stanfield, who had three hits at the plate, caught his fourth would-be base stealer in the game, nailing Tyler Wampler to end the fifth inning.
The Jayhawks will face tournament host Notre Dame Friday at noon at Wolff Stadium.