Utah's Offense Erupts in 13-6 win over Kansas
May 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah centerfielder Braden Anderson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and drove in another three to lead the Utes to a 13-6 win over Kansas at Spring Mobile Ballpark late Sunday night.
A day after both starting pitchers shut-out its opponent through eighth innings in a 1-0 duel that went to the Utes, both Kansas (31-23) and Utah (19-29) got off to a quick start with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Anderson kept the Utes rolling, however, reaching in five of the six innings Utah put runs on the board, including a three-run third inning and a four-run fourth.
Kansas attempted to rally late with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, then two in the ninth, but the Jayhawks couldn’t keep pace with Utah. After Kansas took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, Utah scored 10 unanswered runs and were held scoreless in just two innings during the game.
Dalton Carroll earned the win for the Utes after scattering four hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out five Jayhawks and all three runs allowed were unearned. Tyler Relf (3) and Trey Nielsen (2), joined Anderson with multiple hits in the game.
Kansas offense was led by Connor McKay, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run driven in. Among McKay’s hits was his team-leading third triple of the season. Alex DeLeon hit a 420-foot double off the wall in centerfield but was robbed of a couple base hits as the Utes made plays on a pair of sharply hit balls off his bat. Kansas shortstop>Kevin Kuntz tied Robby Price’s single-season record with his 24th sacrifice bunt in the first inning.
Wes Benjamin was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs – four earned – on six hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Frank Duncan, Drew Morovick and Junior Mustain all pitched in relief for the Jayhawks.
The Big 12 Conference announced pairings and game times for the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Sunday. After concluding the series with Utah at 1 p.m. (CT) Monday, Kansas will travel to Oklahoma City where it will play as the No. 6 seed against No. 3-seeded West Virginia at 4 p.m. Wednesday. That game will be televised on Fox College Sports. Also on the Jayhawks’ side of the bracket are No. 2 seed Oklahoma State and No. 7 seed Texas Tech.
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