Groshans’ slam lifts Kansas to victory over Saint Joseph’s
PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida – Fueled by a seventh-inning grand slam by junior catcher Jaxx Groshans, the Kansas baseball team earned a 7-5 decision against Saint Joseph’s Friday afternoon in the Snowbird Classic hosted at the Charlotte Sports Park.
The Jayhawks (9-3) trailed the Hawks (2-7) by one run before Groshans hit his seventh home run of the season to give Kansas its final lead of the game and junior righty starter Ryan Zeferjahn (3-0) the victory.
Zeferjahn tossed seven innings where he gave up three runs off six hits while striking out a season-high nine batters. He gave way to juniors Nathan Barry and Blake Goldsberry before redshirt-sophomore Jonah Ulane picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Groshans paced the offensive effort with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish with two singles, a grand slam and a personal-best five RBIs. Sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger added two hits and two RBIs while senior center fielder Rudy Karre contributed a pair of knocks.
- The grand slam by junior catcher Jaxx Groshans was the first for a KU hitter since Ty Denzer hit one at Samford April 24, 2015.
- Groshans’ five RBIs marked a career-high for the backstop and was the first five-RBI game for a Jayhawk since Brendt Citta drove in a quintet of runners against West Virginia May 5, 2018.
- Redshirt-sophomore closer Jonah Ulane has retired 12 of the last 13 batters he has faced spanning four appearances where he has also recorded eight strikeouts.
- Ulane’s five saves ranks atop the Big 12 Conference with the next closest coming in at three saves.
Kansas continues the Snowbird Classic with a 4 p.m. (CT) tilt against Georgetown on Saturday, March 9 at the Charlotte Sports Park.
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