Big Inning Helps Jayhawks Rally Past Arkansas-Little Rock, 9-8
March 30, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Senior Robby Price and junior Brian Heere recorded RBI hits in back-to-back at bats in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a five-run rally that saw the Jayhawks sneak past Arkansas-Little Rock, 9-8 in a non-conference baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark Tuesday afternoon.
The Jayhawks improve to 16-9 overall, while the Trojans fall to 16-11.
KU trailed by four runs entering the bottom of the seventh, but just as it did over the weekend at Baylor the Jayhawks found a way to win.
Junior Jimmy Waters started the inning with a single up the middle, and moved to third on a double by Jake Marasco. After a walk to Chris Manship loaded the bases with one out, freshman Kevin Kuntz drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, beating out the throw to narrowly avoid a double play.
After Jason Brunansky walked to reload the bases, Price delivered a two-run double to bring KU within one at 8-7. Price hit a line drive in front of the right fielder, but hustled into second base with a double.
Price’s hustle proved to be a key play, as Heere collected a bloop single up the middle to score Brunansky and Price with the go-ahead run. Heere led the Jayhawks with three hits on the afternoon.
The lead held up until the ninth, when controversy erased a potential UALR rally. After Landis Wilson led off the inning with a walk, pinch runner Zach Ragsdale was thrown out on a sacrifice bunt after colliding intentionally with the Kansas shortstop. Ragsdale was thrown out at third.
Murray earned his first save of the season, while junior pitcher Matt Kohorst earned his first win in a Jayhawk uniform, pitching a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts.
Having won five of six, Kansas will look to keep its momentum going with another non-conference game against Missouri State Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark. The contest will be broadcast locally on KLWN (1320 AM) or online at www.klwn.com.