The Kansas Jayhawks will be moving to the winner’s bracket in the Louisville Regional after a high scoring victory on Friday. The Jayhawks defeated the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 10-6.
The game had a late start due to a rain delay (there was a total of three rain delays, one of which lasted for almost two hours) but eventually the game got under way and off to a fast start for Kansas.
Lead off batter Justin Protacio was walked by Kentucky starting pitcher Kyle Cody. The very next play consisted of Colby Wright bunting so Protacio could advance. Cody had a throwing error to first base, which led to Protacio getting on third and Wright being safe at first.
Protacio got the first run of the day by a sacrifice from Michael Suiter. Wright scored on a double by Dakota Smith, making it 2-0. Smith continued adding runs for the Jayhawks, as he scored a run on a throwing error by Kentucky’s catcher.
It was 3-0 at the top of the first when yet another rain delay occurred. The rain delay lasted over an hour and afterwards, the Wildcats put in pitcher Andrew Nelson to relieve Kyle Cody, who had a rough start. Nelson had much better luck as he struck out two batters to end a horrendous first inning for Kentucky.
The Wildcats were down, but not out of it though. Jayhawks pitcher Jordan Piche’ gave up a single, a walk, and a home run to make it a tie ball game at 3-3 at the end of the first inning.
Kansas jumped ahead again at the top of the second with two walks and two singles to take a 6-3 lead. The Jayhawks kept quiet for a bit after the second inning, but managed to never trail the game. Kentucky, however, tied things up in the bottom of the sixth making it a 6-6 game.
The Jayhawks had been quiet, but came back swinging (no pun intended) in the seventh. They scored two runs making it 8-6 and later made it 10-6 at the top of the eighth. The Wildcats couldn’t keep up, ultimately losing by four runs, and now will move to the losers bracket for a 12 p.m. game on Saturday against Kent State.
Kansas, on the other hand, will face Louisville on Saturday afternoon. Louisville defeated Kent State 5-0 on Friday night. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. start, but with how crazy the weather in Louisville has been lately don’t be surprised if the start time is delayed a bit.
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