Sunday afternoon marked the end of the Kansas Jayhawks’ run in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Jayhawks were defeated by the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 8-6.
Kansas wasn’t looking too good to start the game, as junior pitcher Robert Kahana allowed three runs in four innings. Junior reliever Drew Morovik came in for Kahana and didn’t do much better. Morovik allowed four more runs to top off the fourth inning giving Kentucky a 7-0 lead.
Morovik came back in the fifth and sixth innings and only allowed one more run. Freshmen Jon Hander and Stephen Villines also took the mound for the Jayhawks and didn’t allow any runs, although Hander gave up two hits.
The bottom of the sixth is when the Jayhawks came to life. They managed five runs, making it an 8-5 ball game in Louisville.
The last score of the game by either team came from Kansas catcher Ka’iana Eldredge who hit a home run at the bottom of the eighth inning. Had the two batters before him gotten on base, the Jayhawks could have tied it up. Unfortunately, Eldredge’s homer only brought the Jayhawks within two and they lost 8-6.
This Jayhawks baseball team has a lot to be proud of. They made it to the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2009. Kansas may not have gotten the job done against Kentucky today, but they did defeat the Wildcats on Friday afternoon in a high scoring game (10-6 was the final score in that one).
In other words, Kansas fans should look forward to baseball season next year. It should be a special one for the Jayhawks.
Game stats courtesy of ESPN.
Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook for all content on the Jayhawks, Tigers, Wildcats, Chiefs, Royals, and Sporting Kansas City!