On Wednesday night at Hoglund Park in Lawrence, the Kansas Jayhawks got back on the winning track after a loss at Texas Tech on Sunday, with a 7-1 victory over Baker.
With the win, Kansas improved to 25-15 overall, while dropping Baker to 6-34.
Reliever Drew Morovick earned the win after starting pitcher Tanner Poppe pitched two innings. Poppe gave up one unearned run and three hits. Morovick pitched for three innings, allowing two hits. Three more relievers finished the contest in Junior Mustain, Colin Toalson, and Hayden Edwards, who combined to give up one hit.
Shortstop Kevin Kuntz stole three bases while Tucker Tharp mustered up two. Leadoff man Justin Protacio added a sixth stolen base.
Baker scored their lone run in the first inning Josh Zach crossed home. Zach reached base on a fielding error. Kansas got going in the second inning, scoring two runs as Ka’iana Eldredge crossed home as did Tharp. The Jayhawks broke things open in the fourth thanks to more mistakes by Baker. Four runs crossed home-plate off two hits. Alex DeLeon drilled a pitch out of the park for a three-run homer padding the lead.
Next up for the Jayhawks is a meeting with West Virginia over the weekend. A three-game series kicks off on Friday at 5:30 p.m. central time.
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