On Tuesday night in a the first game of a two-game series, the Kansas Jayhawks used a solid pitching outing from Robert Kahana and Drew Morovick en route to an 8-3 win over Iowa.
Kahana pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs and seven hits, while Morovick picked up the save after pitching four innings and giving up only two hits. Kahana improved to 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.27, and Morovick picked up his first save. Iowa starting pitcher Calvin Matthews threw six innings, and gave up nine hits and six earned runs.
Kansas improved to 19-12 on the year, while Iowa fell to 11-16.
Kansas jumped on Matthews right away, thanks in part to Iowa fielders committing two errors in the first inning, jumping to an 3-0 advantage. Lead0ff-man Justin Protacio, Kevin Kuntz and Michael Suiter all scored in the opening inning, with the latter two runs scoring off errors. Right fielder Connor McKay scored in the second inning after starting things off with a single. Protacio, drove in McKay with a single.
Iowa got on the board in the third inning as Kahana gave up a couple of singles, plus a walk. Kris Goodman got the Hawkeyes on the board after being drove home off a double-play ball from Taylor Kaufman. Goodman added another run in the fifth inning, before Kahana closed out the Hawkeye rally.
Kansas added three more runs in the fourth inning as Suiter once again got into the action, as did Tommy Mirabelli and Trevor Tharp, who both scored. Suiter scored a third run in the ninth inning. For the game, Suiter stole two bases, earned a walk and picked up two hits.
The two teams match up again on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. central time in Iowa City.
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