Elgie's Home Run Leads Kansas Past Missouri State, 7-6

March 31, 2010


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Sophomore Zac Elgie went 2-for-4 with a solo home run which proved to be the winning run, while senior Robby Price added two hits, including a two-run homer as Kansas held off Missouri State, 7-6 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks win their third straight, and improve to 17-9 overall, while the Bears fall to 8-16 this season.

Kansas led throughout the game, but the Bears scored three runs in the eighth inning, and two in the ninth before freshman Tanner Poppe could record the final out with the tying run on third base for his first collegiate save.

If not for Elgie’s solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth, MSU may have forced extra innings after an RBI double by Luke Medrano and a sacrifice fly by Luke Voit.

Elgie, who opened the game hitless in his first two at bats, got going in the fifth inning with a line drive single up the middle. In his final at bat, the sophomore designated hitter slammed a 2-2 curveball over the left field fence to give KU a 7-4 lead. It was Elgie’s second home run in a week’s time.

Kansas scored six runs in the first two innings and looked to have the Bears knocked out of the ring.

Tony Thompson’s sacrifice fly and Brett Lisher’s RBI single got the Jayhawks going in the first, while Price homered following a one-out walk to Casey Lytle and Lisher delivered another RBI hit, which was aided by a throwing error by the Missouri State shortstop to give KU a 6-0 lead after two.

However, the Bears fought back to get within 6-4 in the eighth on a two-run single by Beau Stoker and an RBI hit by Voit.

Elgie was one of three Jayhawks with two hits in the game. The Jayhawks used six different pitchers in the game. Junior Wally Marciel, sophomore Matt Kohorst and junior Scott Heitshusen held the Bears to one run on six hits through the first seven innings of the game.

Kohorst earned his second victory in as many nights, going three innings and allowing one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Kansas will return to Big 12 play tomorrow as 22nd-ranked Texas A&M comes to town for a three game series at Hoglund Ballpark beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. All three contests from the KU-A&M series can be heard on radio station 1320 KLWN-AM.