Kansas Hits Three Home Runs in 12-5 Victory at Iowa
April 12, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa –
Three Jayhawks blasted home runs and 10 different KU hitters reached base, while sophomore Thomas Taylor pitched a season-high seven innings of shutout baseball in Kansas’ 12-5 victory over Iowa at Duane Banks Field Tuesday night.
Senior Jimmy Waters, junior Zac Elgie and sophomore Jake Marasco all went deep during the game. Kansas has hit five home runs in the past two games after hitting seven long balls in its first 31 contests of the year. On the hill, Taylor struck out five Hawkeye hitters and allowed six hits in seven innings.
Kansas improved to 16-17 for the year after completing the season sweep of the Hawkeyes. Iowa dropped to 12-18 with the loss.
Kansas grabbed the lead when Elgie led off the second inning with a home run for the first run of the game. The solo shot to left field gave Elgie his team-leading 19th RBI of the season. KU tallied another run in the second frame when sophomore Kevin Kuntz singled with two outs to score senior Casey Lytle. It marked the Jayhawks’25th two-out RBI in their last 16 games.
Kansas broke the game open in the fourth inning with four runs on three hits to grab a 6-0 advantage. KU’s first seven batters in the frame reached base, beginning with a solo homer to left field by Marasco. Lytle then hit a double down the right field line, while sophomore Alex DeLeon followed by being hit by a pitch.
The inning continued as junior Chris Manship reached on an infield single to load the bases with nobody out. Kuntz then picked up an RBI with a four-pitch base on balls to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Jayhawks. Kansas plated its final two runs of the frame when senior Brandon Macias reached on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by Iowa’s third baseman, scoring Kuntz and DeLeon.
KU’s power surge continued in the sixth inning when Waters hit a two-run homer to right field to tie DeLeon for the team lead with his third round-tripper of the year. Waters’ blast gave KU a 9-0 lead through six frames.
Kansas added to its lead in the seventh inning with a two-RBI double by sophomore Jordan Dreiling. Freshman Jordan Brown then picked up his first collegiate RBI when he drove home sophomore Taylor Hart on a ground out to shortstop. It marked the second-straight game KU has hit double-digits after the Jayhawks scored 11 runs in their Sunday victory against Nebraska.
Kansas will open a three-game Big 12 series at Border Showdown rival Missouri Friday evening at 6 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.