The Kansas Baseball team fell to Eastern Michigan in game one of a four-game series Friday afternoon in Grand Prairie, Texas, 6-4. The loss dropped Kansas to 4-4 overall, while moving Eastern Michigan to 2-6 on the year.
The two teams face-off in a double-header on Saturday with game one set to begin at noon.
Kansas ace pitcher Frank Duncan was charged with the loss on Friday, after two earned runs, and six runs overall plus eight hits. Duncan pitched 6 and 2/3 innings in the loss. Eastern Michigan pitcher Neil Butara lasted seven innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run. Relief pitcher Devon Brunson gave up three runs in the eighth and ninth innings to the Jayhawks.
Kansas kicked off the scoring with the first run in the third inning, only to have Eastern Michigan rally with a two-run fourth inning, grabbing the lead back. Eastern Michigan then enjoyed a throwing error in the seventh inning, pushing their lead to 6-1 after scoring four runs in the stanza. Kansas managed to rally thanks to freshman Jacob Boylan starting things off right, with a single in the eighth. With the hit, Boylan has eight straight games with at least one hit. Kansas managed to score two more runs in the ninth, only to have Eastern Michigan relief pitcher Joe Battistelli shut things down with strong pitching to earn the save.
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