Kansas Baseball Routs Missouri, 8-3

April 15, 2011



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Senior Jimmy Waters went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while fellow senior T.J. Walz pitched seven strong innings as Kansas earned its sixth-straight victory over Border Showdown rival Missouri, 8-3, Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

KU wins its third-straight game to improve to 17-17 overall and 7-6 in the Big 12, while the Tigers fall for the ninth-straight time and drop to 13-21 overall and 1-8 in conference play.

Waters led a balanced offensive attack with three hits, while first baseman Zac Elgie and shortstop Brandon Macias hit solo homers. The Jayhawks have now hit seven home runs in their last three games after hitting seven round-trippers in their first 31 games of the year.

That was more than enough support for Walz, who earned his third-straight win Friday to move to 5-3 on the year. The senior pitcher went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts. He retired the leadoff man in six of his seven innings, which helped KU ground Missouri’s running game.

Kansas broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a throwing error. After Brunansky reached on the error, senior Jimmy Waters delivered an RBI double off the left field wall for his 18th run batted in of the season.

After the Tigers tied it in the third on a two-out RBI single by Eric Garcia, KU answered in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by Elgie. It was the junior’s team-leading fourth of the year.

One inning later, Ka’iana Eldredge recorded another RBI with a one-out double down the left field line after Alex DeLeon had drawn a leadoff walk.

The Jayhawks broke the game open in the sixth as singles by Waters, Elgie and Lytle gave KU another run. After DeLeon walked, Chris Manship delivered a two-run double to right center to stretch the lead to 6-1.

KU tacked on two more runs in the seventh on eighth with another RBI hit by Lytle and a Macias’ solo homer.

Waters recorded three hits in the game, while Eldredge, Elgie and Lytle recorded two hits apiece. Frank Duncan pitched the final two innings for KU.