Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

Jayhawks rally for 8-5 win

April 26, 2001


Kansas University won its third straight baseball game with an 8-5 victory over Newman University Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas reliever Justin Wilcher worked 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and closer Jeff Davis tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

KU (18-26) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first for starter Chris Smart on a pair of run-scoring doubles by Ryan Klocksien and Kevin Wheeler.

The Jayhawks added a single run in the bottom of the fourth on Kevin Wheeler's first home run of the season to extend the lead to 3-0. Newman battled back with four runs in the top of the fifth inning off of reliever Eric Thompson to grab a 4-3 advantage.

KU tied the score at 4-all in the bottom of the inning and then put the game away with four runs in the sixth, thanks to three hits and a wild pitch.

"I was pleased with the way we came back after we got behind," KU coach Bobby Randall said. "We got a couple of big two-out hits which swung the momentum back in our favor. It was important to come away with a win tonight and I am proud of the team for accomplishing that goal."

Kansas will return to action this weekend when it travels to Lubbock, Texas for a three-game Big 12 series against Texas Tech. The first game is 7 p.m. Friday.

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