KU baseball falls to Korea

Two big Korea innings doomed the Kansas baseball team (USA Team) Sunday at Taiwan’s Chiayi City Baseball Field in a 7-4 loss, which determined the bronze medal winner at the 2018 World University Baseball Championship.

Korea (3-3) tagged USA starter Eli Davis, who will be a freshman, for three runs in the second inning after he allowed three hits and three walks. Korea tacked on four more runs in the sixth off reliever Jonah Ulane, who will be a sophomore next spring, to round out its scoring on the day.

“We had a couple tough innings on the mound where we gave up crooked numbers,” head coach Ritch Price said in a team release. “We lost our command a little bit in those innings and Korea capitalized off it.”

Korea combined for seven runs off six hits in those two frames alone, but recorded just three hits in the other seven innings. USA relievers Blake Goldsberry, Ryan Cyr and Nathan Barry contained the opposition during that stretch.

“It was good to see guys come out of the bullpen and get outs when we needed them,” Price said. “That effort alone set the table for a possible comeback in the late innings.”

USA did its best to mount that comeback with a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. First baseman Tom Lichty started things off with a home run that landed in the right field bleachers. Kansas collected three more hits in the frame to pull within three runs.

“We had 10 hits today, we swung the bats really well,” Price said. “We hit several line drives that were caught, and overall, I was pleased with our performance today.”


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