Baty and Metcalf tally homeruns

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Nine runs in the first inning helped the Kansas baseball team to its fourth consecutive victory, 17-4, over the Oakland Grizzlies, Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas pounded out 16 hits on the day to improve its record to 11-7-1, while OU recorded only three base knocks and fell to 0-3 on the year.

Junior RHP Clint Schambach made his first start of the season and began the game perfect. The Elgin, Ill., native struck out the side in a five-minute first inning, allowing the Jayhawks to come to bat. Schambach (1-0, 3.86 ERA) went on to get the win after not surrendering a run or hit and striking out six in four innings of work.

Sophomore second baseman Matt Baty led off KU's first inning with a single, marking the seventh consecutive time he has reached base to lead off Kansas' first inning. Baty went on to steal second and third before junior catcher Sean Richardson singled him in for RBI number 21 on the season. The Jayhawks used three more hits and an Oakland error to post nine runs in the first inning. The nine run inning was the most in one frame by a Jayhawk club since Feb. 16, 2002, when KU scored 10 runs in the fifth inning versus Centenary.

An OU error in the second allowed two unearned runs to score for Kansas and push the lead to 11-0 after two innings. Kansas did not stop, posting three in the third, thanks to homeruns from senior first baseman Ryan Baty (2) and junior third baseman Travis Metcalf (5).

The Grizzlies scored their first run of the game in the fifth after Ty Herriott tripled to lead off the inning, then later scored on a groundout from Bryan Marulli. OU tacked on three more runs over the next three innings to make their final total four.

Kansas put up two in the seventh as junior first baseman Mike Dudley blasted his first career homerun for the 'Hawks and senior leftfielder Matt Tribble extended his season-high hit streak to 10 games. KU went on to add its final run in the eighth as KU's sixth pitcher of the night, junior RHP Ken Livesey, retired the side in the ninth.

The Jayhawks wrap-up their four-game set with the Oakland Grizzlies tomorrow at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. Top Stories