Kansas Downs Iowa in Series Opener, 8-3


April 9, 2013

Box Score

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kansas jumped on the University of Iowa baseball team early to the tune of four runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night at Duane Banks Field.

“It all started in the first couple of innings where we weren’t ready to go,” said UI head coach Jack Dahm. “From a defensive situation our freshmen got exposed tonight as things sped up. We walk the first guy, don’t execute a couple of bunt defenses, they steal some bases, and we make some throwing errors.

“Kansas did a great job exposing them and taking advantage of our mistakes. The momentum was in their dugout right off the bat, and we weren’t able to come up with that big hit. If we just play cleaner baseball, they don’t get those big innings.”

The Jayhawks went to work in their first at-bat, pushing three runs across the plate on two hits and a pair of Iowa errors. Michael Suitor drove in the game’s first run on a single to centerfield before the second and third runs scored on a pair of throwing errors by freshman catcher Blake Hickman.

Kansas pushed its lead to 4-0 with one run in the second before Iowa got one back in the bottom of the third. The Hawkeyes loaded the bases with nobody out on singles by Kris Goodman and Jake Yacinich and a walk by junior Trevor Kenyon. Goodman then crossed the plate on a double play groundout by sophomore Taylor Kaufman.

The Jayhawks broke the game open, pushing three runs across the plate in the top of the fourth, making the score 7-1.

Iowa cut the deficit to 7-3, scoring a single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Following a Goodman walk to lead off the fifth, sophomore Nick Day followed with a single to centerfield to put runners on first and third. With one out, Kaufman drove in the second run with an RBI ground out to second base.

In the sixth, freshman Nick Roscetti reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by reliever Drew Morovick with one out. Goodman followed with an RBI single to left field — his third hit of the game — to make the score 7-3.

Kansas then added to its lead in the top of the ninth courtesy of an RBI single by Jordan Dreiling.

Hawkeye freshman Calvin Mathews (1-4) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over six innings. Freshman Josh Martsching was strong in relief, allowing one run on three hits over 2 2/3 innings. He had five strikeouts to a single walk.

Goodman paced the Iowa offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Roscetti went 3-for-4 with a run scored. It was Roscetti’s third career multi-hit game and his first three-hit contest. Kenyon went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to eight games, while Kaufman’s reached base streak ended at 22 games.

Kansas’ Robert Kahana notched his fourth win, allowing two runs on seven hits over five innings. Drew Morovick tossed the final four frames, allowing one unearned run on three hits to notch his first save.

Iowa (11-16) returns to action Wednesday, hosting the Jayhawks at 4:05 p.m. (CT).

Kansas 8, Iowa 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas (19-12) 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 8 12 1
Iowa (11-16) 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 10 2
Game Decision
W: Kahana (KU) 4-1
L: Mathews (IOWA) 1-4
S: Morovick (IOWA) 1