Late Rally Too Much for Kansas Baseball To Overcome
May 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas first baseman Zac Elgie went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored, but it was not quite enough. Kansas State plated six runs in the top of the eighth inning to score a 13-9 triumph over the Jayhawks Sunday in the completion of a suspended game at Hoglund Ballpark.
The loss eliminates the Jayhawks from postseason competition and drops KU to 9-17 in the Big 12 and 26-29 overall. The Wildcats earn a berth to the Big 12 Championship and move to 11-14 in conference play and 33-21 overall.
The game was completed Sunday after being suspended Saturday evening at 9:26 p.m. due to inclement weather in the Lawrence area. The contest resumed in the top of the seventh inning with K-State up 5-3. It didn’t take long for the visitors to add to their lead.
The Wildcats plated six runs in the top of the eighth, collecting four-straight hits to open the frame. Catcher Chase Graskewicz and right fielder Kent Urban recorded two-run hits in the Wildcat rally.
Kansas answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ka’iana Eldredge collected the big hit of the inning, driving in two runs with a double to right field. However, Kansas State scored two more runs
James Stanfield recorded a two-run single to get the deficit back to four, but that’s as close as it would get.
Elgie led the offense with three hits, while Eldredge chipped in two hits and a career-best three RBIs.
The Jayhawks’ season finale will get underway at approximately 6 p.m.