Jayhawks get past Hawaii-Hilo

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - The University of Kansas baseball team used a come-from-behind effort Sunday, to beat Hawaii-Hilo, 14-9, at Simmons Field in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The victory moves the Jayhawks to a mark of 3-1 while Hilo falls to 1-3.

The Vulcans, who only allowed three Jayhawk hits in the first five innings of play, held a 5-0 lead after three. KU put its first runs on the board in the fourth but UHH answered with three of its own.

Trailing 8-2 in the top of the sixth, the ‘Hawks posted seven runs on five hits, led by senior Matt Tribble's double to right center that drove in the game-tying and go-ahead run. Tribble, a native of Wheaton, Ill., extended his hit streak to four games and finished the day by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Junior college transfer Travis Dunlap recorded a homerun to right center for his first hit at KU. The blast marked KU's first round-tripper this season. Junior Sean Richardson also added to the KU plate production turning in a 3-for-6 effort including one run and three RBI.

Freshman Sean Land, whose appearance in the third marked the first of his career, picked up the win after giving up four runs on six hits in four innings of relief.

KU will be back in action, Monday, Jan. 19 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Doubleheader action at Simmons Field is set to begin at 11 a.m. HST (3 p.m. CST).

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