The Kansas Jayhawks used a four hit outing from Thomas Taylor to defeat conference rival Baylor, 3-2 on Friday night at Hoglund Park.
With the win, Kansas improved to 28-18 overall, while dropping Baylor to 25-21 on the season.
Taylor improved to 5-1 overall this year, and moved into fourth place on the Jayhawks all-time strikeout list. Baylor pitcher Matt Garner allowed three hits and three runs over eight innings of work. Garner struck out ten Jayhawks in the contest.
Baylor bolted to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Neither team scored again until the fifth inning, when the Jayhawks broke through. Justin Protacio nailed a pitch from Garner which was just enough to bring home two Jayhawks pushing Kansas to an 3-1 lead after Kai’ana Eldredge earlier in the inning provided the game tying RBI. The three runs was just enough for the Jayhawks as relievers Jordan Piche and Frank Duncan managed to shut down the Bears offense after Taylor left in the seventh inning after providing six and two/thirds innings of work.
Game two of the series is set for tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. central time at Hoglund Park. Wes Benjamin takes the mound for Kansas.
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