Macias Lifts Kansas Past Creighton, 5-4

March 23, 2010


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Brandon Macias’ timing was impeccable. The junior’s RBI single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth broke a four-all tie and powered Kansas to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Creighton Tuesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks snap a four-game losing streak, and improve to 12-8 overall, while the Bluejays fall to 10-5 this season.

Macias, a junior transfer from Flagstaff, Ariz., opened the season batting under the Mendoza line, but has picked it up as of late. He was one of three Jayhawks with two hits in the game, with his second coming in dramatic fashion.

With runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Macias lined the first pitch he saw into left field for a base hit. Creighton outfielder Trever Adams’ throw was offline allowing James Stanfield to scamper home with the winning run.

Kansas trailed early as Creighton scored two runs in the second on a solo homer by T.J. Roemmich and an RBI double by Scott Thornburg. After Robby Price’s sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 2-1, the Bluejays regained a two-run cushion on a two-out RBI single by Elliot Soto.

However, the Jayhawks mounted their rally in the bottom of the fifth, sending eight men to the plate and scoring three runs. Senior Brett Lisher doubled to right center to score Jimmy Waters after the KU left fielder had walked, and then KU grabbed the lead with RBI hits by Stanfield and Casey Lytle.

Junior relief pitcher Brett Bochy picked up his first victory of the season, getting out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings as Creighton left five men on base in the final two frames.

While he didn’t have the offensive night he would have liked, junior Tony Thompson made his season debut in the game, batting fourth and playing third base. Thompson, a preseason All-American, missed the first 19 games of the season with a hairline fracture in his kneecap. He went 0-for-4 in the game with fly outs in the second and fourth, and ground outs in the sixth and the eighth.

The Jayhawks will play host to Baker University on Wednesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.