Lincoln, Neb. Junior Brandon Macias went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, and senior Cameron Selik pitched seven solid innings as Kansas University evened its three-game series at Nebraska with a 7-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
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The outcome snapped a six-game conference winless streak for the Jayhawks (21-14-1 overall, 4-6-1 Big 12). NU fell to 18-17 and 5-9.
Kansas jumped out to an early lead on Macias’ three-run blast and held on despite a Nebraska rally in the ninth inning.
Macias, the team’s ninth-place hitter, gave KU a 3-0 lead in the second when he lined a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field with Jake Marasco and James Stanfield on in front of him. It was the junior’s first homer of the season.
The offense was enough to support Selik, who looked sharp for the second straight week. The senior right-hander went seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Selik (5-3) allowed just two base hits through the first five innings.
Kansas added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by second baseman Robby Price. Price went 3-for-5 in the game to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 20 games. His streak is the longest active streak in the Big 12 this season and is tied for the fourth-longest in school history with Tony Thompson and Matt Tribble.
KU broke the game open in the sixth with three runs. Jimmy Waters led things off with a solo home run to right, and the Jayhawks plated two more runs on a wild pitch and an error.
Leading 7-3, sophomore Colton Murray allowed an RBI single and faced Adam Bailey — the league’s home run leader — with the bases loaded and two outs. Murray fanned Bailey with a changeup away to preserve the win.
Kansas will look to win its second Big 12 series of the season today when the Jayhawks take on the Huskers in the rubber game at 1:05 p.m.