Kansas Baseball Rallies for 11-5 Triumph over Chicago State
April 28, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Junior David Narodowski collected three hits, while freshman Zac Elgie hit his second home run of the season as Kansas rallied from an early four-run deficit to knock off Chicago State, 11-5, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks improve to 30-15 overall, while the Cougars fall to 3-34 this season.
With the score tied at five in the bottom of the seventh, Elgie connected on a 2-1 pitch and drove it over the left field wall to break the deadlock. It was the freshman’s second round-tripper of the season.
One inning later, KU broke the game open, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs. After a lead-off double by Narodowski, his second of the game, he came around to score on Brian Heere’s RBI single. After a base hit by Casey Lytle, and a Tony Thompson walk, Robby Price doubled in two runs to stretch the lead to 10-5. Jason Brunansky capped the inning with an RBI single to left field.
Sophomore Brett Bochy picked up the victory on the mound, pitching five scoreless innings in relief of Cameron Selik. The sophomore allowed two hits and struck out a career high nine hitters to improve to 5-0 out of the bullpen, matching fellow sophomore T.J. Walz for the team lead in wins.
Chicago State broke out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three times in the third inning. Cougar catcher Preston Pires delivered the big blow, a two-run double to center field with two outs in the inning. KU also committed two errors in the inning.
Kansas answered with a four-run third. The Jayhawks put runners on second and third to start the inning with a walk and a David Narodowski double. After James Stanfield brought the first run home with a base hit through the right side, Brian Heere doubled in two runs with a shot down the first base line. Catcher Joe Lincoln capped the inning with an RBI double into the left field corner.
The teams will begin game two of the doubleheader at approximately 6:30 p.m.