Kansas Fends Off Late Inning Threats, Tops Texas State

The University of Kansas Jayhawks (3-2) defeated the Texas State University Bobcats (3-2) in their opening game of the Karbach Round Rock Classic by a final score of 7-to-4. 

The Jayhawk win was fueled with a four-run first inning effort that produced a lead that last the game.  The Bobcats threatened in the sixth and eighth innings by loading the bases but could not produce but one run. 

Kansas starting pitcher Reese Dutton earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings on the mound.  He struck out five and walked one batter.  Texas State starter Austin Eaton endured the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work.  Eaton struck out two and walked one batter. 

“I thought it was a great team win. I thought there were things that we left on the field that we need to clean up, but overall, I thought our intensity was good and our preparation was great. Our team, these guys really like each other and they really work. It’s fun when it comes together with a great team effort. Texas State is a really, really good team and that’s a big win. Proud of our guys,” said Kansas head coach Dan Fitzgerald

Catcher Jake English led the Wildcats with three hits, including a home run, in four appearances, producing three runs and scored twice.  Third baseman Michael Brooks went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  John Nett and Collier Cranford tallied two hits each. 

Ryne Farber, Alec Patino and August Ramirez each drove home a run for the Bobcats.  Faber went 2-for-4 with two walks, Patino 2-for-5 and Ramire 3-for-4 with a walk.  Daylan Pena also went 2-for-4.  

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