The Utah Utes ran away with the game on Sunday, easily defeating Kansas, 13-6. Braden Anderson picked up four hits and three RBI’s in the game, pushing the Utes to the win.
Utah improved to 19-29 on the season, in dropping Kansas to 31-23. The Jayhawks after winnings six straight games, have now lost five straight games, with their regular season finale set for tomorrow vs Utah.
Dalton Carroll picked up the win for Utah, while Wes Benjamin struggled for Kansas, only lasting just over three innings before getting pulled after allowing seven runs, four of which were earned. Kansas committed two errors on the game, while Utah went for five.
Kansas got off to a great start with two runs scoring in the top of the first inning as Alex DeLeon and Justin Protacio both crossed home. Utah answered in their bottom of the inning, setting the tone for a high scoring output from the offense. Utah began burying Kansas with three unearned runs in the third inning, beginning with a throwing error from Jordan Dreiling. Things then unraveled for the Jayhawks, even further in the fourth inning with four more runs being scored by the host team. Frank Duncan, and Drew Morovick both were brought in from the bullpen to slow the bleeding, only Utah continued to score. Duncan gave up two earned runs, as did Morovick.
The two teams clash once more, tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. central time as Kansas looks to end the regular season on a bright note heading into the Big 12 Conference tournament which begins on Wednesday. The Jayhawks take on West Virginia in game one of the tournament. West Virginia defeated Kansas three straight games by one run, on April 26 and 27th, including a double-header on the latter day.
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