On Saturday in game one of a three game season-finale series, the Kansas Jayhawks lost to host Utah Utes, 1-0. The Utes scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the ninth off Jayhawks closer of the year contender Jordan Piche. Utah batter Braden Andersen scored the game’s lone run after the team racked up three straight hits in the inning.
With the loss, Kansas fell to 31-22 overall, faltering in their fourth straight game. Utah improved to 18-29 on the season.
Kansas struggled trying to get hits off Utah starting pitcher Mitch Watrous, who improved to 4-3 on the season after giving up just two hits. Jayhawks starting pitcher Thomas Taylor was equally as dominant, allowing only four hits over eight innings of pitching. Kansas stranded five batters in the game off Watrous, though struggled to get batters on base. Dakota Smith and Ka’iana Aldredge picked up the Jayhawks hits in the game. Watrous did walk five Jayhawks and hit one batter, but Kansas failed to muster anything.
Tomorrow, the teams meet for game two of the series as Wes Benjamin takes the mound for Kansas. The game is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. central time.
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