Kansas piled up 13 hits and beat Kansas State 6-3 on Saturday before a soldout baseball crowd at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.
It was the first home loss of the season for K-State (18-12, 2-3 Big 12).
KU (20-11, 4-4 Big 12) never trailed Saturday. Justin Protacio led off the first inning with a double and the next three batters added singles, giving KU a 2-0 lead. K-State scored a run in the second and threatened for more, loading the bases with one out, but Ross Kivett hit into an inning-ending third-home-first double play.
Kansas added runs in the fourth sixth and seventh innings to build a 6-1 lead. K-State scored twice in the eighth and loaded the bases with two outs, but KU third baseman Aaron Henandez made a diving stop of a Kivett grounder and got a force at second to end the inning.
Michael Suiter, Ka’iana Eldredge and Colby Wright each had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run for the Jayhawks. Starter Robert Kahana (2-4) Went six innings and limited the Wildcats to three hits, but he walked five.
The teams will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
|Kansas||200||102||100||—||6 13 2|
|Kansas St.||010||000||020||—||3 7 3|
W — Kahana (2-4). L — Moore (5-2). Save — Villines (3).
KU batting: Protacio 1-4, Wright 2-4, Suiter 2-5, McKay 1-2, Afenir 1-3, Smith 1-5, Tharp 2-5, Beck 0-3, Pidhaichuk 0-1, Hernandez 1-5, Eldredge 2-3.
KSU batting: Kivett 0-5, Conlon 0-4, Fisher 1-5, Santigate 0-4, DeVinny 2-4, Meyer 1-3, Bl. DeBord 2-3, Yagi 1-4, Dalrymple 0-2.
KU pitching: Kahana 6-0, Morovick 1 2/3-2, Villines 1 1/3-0.
KSU pitching: Moore 5 2/3-4, Fromson 3 1/3-1.