Elgie, Walz Pace Blue's Win Over Crimson, 6-2

Oct. 29, 2010


Postgame Interviews: Elgie

Junior first baseman Zac Elgie had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning, while junior T.J. Walz pitched six strong innings as Blue defeated Crimson, 6-2 in the first game of the three-game Crimson and Blue World Series featuring the Kansas baseball team Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Elgie’s late inning power gave the Blue team a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Crimson and Blue World Series taking place this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks are wrapping up their fall practice schedule with the event, which will continue Saturday and Sunday.

Elgie, a junior first baseman from Minot, N.D., homered with nobody out in the top of the sixth inning. After sophomore Kevin Kuntz led off the inning with a looping single to left, Elgie slammed the first pitch he saw into the trees beyond the left field fence to break a 2-2 tie.

“I just sat back and saw pitch that stayed up – a curveball that stayed up in the zone – and put a pretty good swing on it,” said Elgie, who hit four home runs a year ago. “We’re happy we got the win and we have to come back tomorrow.”

Blue’s starting pitcher T.J. Walz allowed two runs on two hits in the bottom of the first, but settled down and held the Crimson team to just one hit over the next five innings.

Sophomore Tanner Poppe started for Crimson team and allowed two runs on four hits, before departing after the fifth inning. Sophomores Jordan Jakubov and Nolan Mansfield slammed the door for the Blue team in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

The series will continue Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark at 2:30 p.m. Fans may attend games free of charge.