Grand Prairie, Texas John Rubino and Sam Ott delivered back-to-back two-out RBI singles in a four-run seventh inning as Eastern Michigan claimed a 6-4 college baseball victory Friday against Kansas.
EMU scored four runs in the seventh following a throwing error with two outs. After a walk and a hit-batsman, Rubino delivered a two-run single to stretch the Eastern Michigan lead to 4-1. A wild pitch scored the third run in the inning, and Ott capped the inning with another RBI single, making it 6-1.
Junior Frank Duncan was charged with all six runs, though only two were earned. The 6-foot-4 righty scattered eight hits over 62⁄3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Trailing by five runs, Kansas rallied in the final two innings but fell short. The Jayhawks scored two runs in he ninth on an RBI double by Jordan Dreiling and an RBI groundout by Alex DeLeon.
However, with the tying run at the plate in Dakota Smith, EMU relief pitcher Joe Battistelli induced a line drive to right field that Ott hauled in for the final out. The Jayhawks left 10 runners on base, including seven in the final three innings.
Dreiling led the KU offense with three hits, while DeLeon and Eldredge had two each. Freshman Jacob Boylan singled to left in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games, the longest by a Jayhawk freshman since Tony Thompson hit safely in the final nine games in 2008.
The Jayhawks fell to 4-4 while EMU improved to 2-6.
The Jayhawks and Eagles will play a doubleheader at noon today and a single game at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Eastern Michigan 6, Kansas 4
Eastern Michigan 000 200 400 — 6 9 0
Kansas 001 000 012 — 4 11 1
W — Neil Butara (1-2). L — Frank Duncan (1-1). Save — Joe Battistelli (1).
2B — Jamie Simpson, EM; Jordan Dreiling 2, KU. HR — Sam Ott (1), EM.
KU highlights — Jordan Deiling 3-for-5, 2 RBIs; Alex DeLeon 2-for-5, RBI; Ka’iana Eldredge 2-for-4; Michael Suiter 1-for-3, RBI.