Macias, Selik Power Kansas Past Nebraska, 7-4
April 17, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. –
Junior Brandon Macias went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, while senior Cameron Selik pitched seven solid innings as Kansas evened its three-game series at Nebraska with a 7-4 triumph Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
The Jayhawks snap a six-game winless streak in conference play and improve to 21-14-1 overall and 4-6-1 in Big 12 play. The Huskers fall to 18-17 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
Kansas jumped out to an early lead on Macias’ three-run blast and held on despite a Nebraska rally in the ninth inning.
Macias, the team’s ninth-place hitter, gave KU a 3-0 lead in the second when he lined a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field with Jake Marasco and James Stanfield on in front of him. It was the junior’s first homer of the season.
The offense was enough to support Selik, who looked sharp for the second straight week. The senior right-hander went seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Selik allowed just two base hits through the first five innings, improving to 5-3 on the season.
Kansas added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by second baseman Robby Price. Price went 3-for-5 in the game to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 20 games. His streak is the longest active streak in the Big 12 this season, and is tied for the fourth-longest in school history with Tony Thompson and Matt Tribble.
KU broke the game open in the sixth with three runs. Jimmy Waters led things off with a solo home run to right, while the Jayhawks plated two more runs on a wild pitch and an error.
Leading 7-3, sophomore Colton Murray allowed an RBI single and faced Adam Bailey – the league’s home run leader – with the bases loaded and two outs. However, Murray fanned Bailey with a changeup away to preserve the win.
Kansas will look to win its second Big 12 series of the season Sunday when the Jayhawks take on the Huskers in the rubber game at 1:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park. The game can be heard on KLWN radio (1320 AM in the Lawrence area). Fans outside of the listening area can hear the game at www.klwn.com.