Jayhawks Fall in Season Finale to Kansas State, 10-6
May 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Junior Zac Elgie hit two home runs and freshman Frank Duncan did not allow an earned run over five innings of relief. However, Kansas State scored double-digit runs for the third-straight game of the series to stop Kansas, 10-6, in front of a packed house on Senior Night at Hoglund Ballpark.
The loss ends the Jayhawks’ season at 26-30 overall and 9-18 in the Big 12 conference. Kansas did not qualify for the conference tournament for the first time since 2008. K-State ends the regular season at 34-21 and 12-14 in league play.
It was emotional game for the Jayhawks as they said good-bye to eight seniors in a pre-game ceremony along the first baseline. Scott Heitshusen, Casey Lytle, Brandon Macias, Nolan Mansfield, Wally Marciel, Carlo Ramirez, T.J. Walz and Jimmy Waters were all accompanied by their parents as they shook hands and hugged the KU coaching staff.
Once play began, the Jayhawks got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Zac Elgie slammed his sixth home run of the year deep over the left-field wall to give KU a 2-0 lead.
The game was tied up in the top of the second when Wildcat catcher Dan Klein hit a deep fly ball out to left center field, when outfielders Jimmy Waters and Tucker Tharp collided trying to make the catch. Two runs were scored, tying the game at two and Klein was credited with an inside the park home run. Teammates and trainers tended to the injured outfielders. Both eventually would get up on their power with Tharp coming out of the game and Jason Brunansky replacing him in center.
Elgie’s second home run marked the second multi-homer game by a Jayhawk this season.
The Wildcats would grab a 5-2 lead in the top of the third off of singles by first baseman Wade Hinkle and shortstop Jake Brown.
After K-State tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth, Elgie would add his second home run of the game and seventh of the season, to left center field. KU would load the bases later in the inning for Brunansky who walked to make it 7-4.
Kansas would creep even closer in the bottom fifth, when two ground-ball outs would lead to two RBI’s as they trailed the Wildcats 7-6 heading to the sixth.
Kansas State put away the Jayhawks for good in the top half of the eighth with three runs as they went ahead 10-6. That is where the score would stand as the Jayhawks were retired in the bottom half of the ninth.