Shreveport, La. — Senior Jeff Davis scattered seven hits over nine innings and Kansas University rallied for a 2-1 victory over Centenary on Friday night.
Davis, a Lawrence High graduate, struck out nine and walked three in a complete game effort.
Six of the Gents' seven hits were singles.
"What an incredible game, right from the start," KU coach Bobby Randall said. "We played great defense and had terrific pitching."
KU (2-0) struggled at the plate. Centenary starter Nick Waak (2-1) allowed only four hits in eight innings, but walked four and had two costly wild pitches.
Centenary (4-4) scored one run off Davis (1-0) with three hits in the bottom of the fourth, but the right-hander escaped the jam with an inning-ending double play.
Kansas finally scored in the top of the sixth. Junior Lance Hayes led off and was hit by a pitch. He advanced on Matt Tribble's sacrifice and a ground out by Casey Spanish before scoring on Waak's first wild pitch.
Hayes scored the go-ahead run in the eighth after reaching base on a fielder's choice. He took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Tribble's ground out and scored on an RBI single by Spanish.
The teams meet again at 1 p.m. today and noon Sunday. The Jayhawks are then scheduled to play eight home games in 13 days, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest Tuesday against Kansas Newman.
Kansas 2, Centenary 1
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Jeff Davis and Cole Armstrong. Nick Waak, Robbie Buhl (9) and Larry Brandon. W Â Davis 1-0. L Â Waak (2-1). 2B Â Holmes, KU. Winterer, Centenary.