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UNO Baseball splits with Jayhawks | KTIC Radio

UNO Baseball splits with Jayhawks

UNO Baseball splits with Jayhawks

OMAHA, Neb. – Brett Bonar ripped the first-ever grand slam at Tal Anderson Field to help Omaha post a 9-7 victory over Kansas in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Mavericks fell 7-3 in the first game.

The split moves the Mavericks to 5-6 on the season while Kansas is now 6-6.

Game One: Kansas 7, Omaha 3
How It Happened

  • A two-run homer in the second gave the Jayhawks an early lead before a two-RBI single had KU up 4-0 in the second inning.
  • The Jayhawks added a run in the six to grow the lead to 5-0.
  • An RBI groundout by Masen Prososki brought home Adam Gadsden in the seventh to score Omaha’s first run of the game.
  • Jack Lombardi followed with a pinch-hit two-RBI double to right, scoring Parker Smejkal and Bonar to make it a two-run game at 5-3 in the seventh.
  • The Jayhawks tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI double down the right field line to clinch the 7-3 win in game one.

Inside the Box Score

  • Harrison Denk led the Mavericks at the plate with two hits while six Mavericks tallied one hit.
  • Lombardi posted a team-high two RBI.
  • Joey Machado dropped to 0-2 on the year after allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits and striking out four batters in 5.1 innings of work.
  • Jackson Gordon tossed the final 3.2 innings in relief, surrendering two runs on four hits and striking out one batter.

Game Two: Omaha 9, Kansas 7
How It Happened

  • An RBI double in the first gave the Jayhawks the early one-run lead in the first.
  • Bonar began the second with a double to left center before racing home and tying the game at one on a wild pitch.
  • KU responded with a two-run homer in the third to grab a 3-1 lead over the Mavericks.
  • The Jayhawks hit into a double play in the fourth, but the runner on third was able to come home and expand the KU lead to 4-1.
  • Kansas tacked on its fifth run of the game in the top of the fifth on a fielder’s choice.
  • Denk roped an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the KU lead to 5-2.
  • Mike Boeve and Chris Esposito followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to make it a 5-4 game after five innings.
  • A sacrifice fly in the sixth doubled the Jayhawk lead to 6-4.
  • Bonar ripped a grand slam down the right field line to grab an 8-6 lead for the Mavericks in the bottom of the seventh.
  • KU got one run back in the top of the eighth on a passed ball before Omaha scored its ninth and final run in the bottom of the eighth on a sac fly by Prososki to score Breyden Eckhout.

Inside the Box Score

  • Bonar led Omaha, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and two runs scored.
  • Denk and Boeve had two hits and scored two runs each.
  • Starter Spencer Koelewyn got the no decision after tossing the first five innings for Omaha.
  • Harrison Kreiling earned his first collegiate victory after tossing 2.1 innings in relief.
  • Tanner Howe pitched the next 0.2 innings before Josiah Scott came in to get the final three outs to post his first save of the season.

What’s Next
The Mavericks and Jayhawks wrap up the four-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Tal Anderson Field. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. while the series finale will begin approximately 30 minutes following the completion of the first game.

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