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Kansas Baseball Pulls Through After Bullpen Battle

The Kansas baseball team beat Omaha in a nail-biting 6-5 game that was an offensive onslaught early on that turned into a battle of the relievers. Following a loss to Northwestern State on Sunday, Kansas was able to hold onto their one-run lead for the last three innings to seal the win.

After the first two pitchers for the Jayhawks gave up five runs combined, junior Blake Weiman came to the rescue. He pitched two strong innings without giving up a run and only giving up two hits.

“I was able to throw first pitch strikes. That went well for me. That’s big for me. Getting ahead of pitchers and to work my fastball, it sets up for everything else,” Weiman said.

No batters stuck out for the Kansas offense. Instead, it was a balanced attack with six different players recording RBIs and eight different players finding their way on base.

On the other hand, Omaha’s offense was led by Grant Suponchick and Ryan Cate, who combined for three of the Mavericks’ eight hits and two of their five RBIs.

After a weak first five frames, Maverick pitchers shut down the Jayhawk offense the last four innings. In that time, KU hitters were only able to come up with one hit while striking out four times.

“The fact that they changed pitchers every inning, kept us off balance,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “We also had a lot of bad at-bats where guys were trying to yank the ball out of the field. They trying to hit the ball out of the ball park and that is not how those guys play.”

Kansas gets one day off before starting a three game series against Houston Baptist on Friday.