Kansas claims Border War

LAWRENCE, Kan. - With the Border War Trophy on the line the Kansas baseball team topped the Missouri Tigers, 11-6, Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

The win, which secured a victory for Kansas in the Border War all-sport series, pushed KU's record to 27-30-1 overall and 3-18 in the Big 12. Missouri fell to 29-19-1 overall and 8-13 in the league. [Border War Stats]

The Jayhawks jumped on the board in the first inning when a two-out single by junior Travis Metcalf drove in senior Ryan Baty from second. Missouri answered by taking its first lead in the top of the second. A walk followed by two consecutive doubles off KU's junior Mike Zagurski drove in two runs for the Tigers.

The 'Hawks regained the lead in the bottom half of the second when sophomore Jared Schweitzer singled to drive in junior Sean Richardson, who led the inning off with a double. Sophomore Matt Baty pushed home the other KU run with a single to centerfield.

After Mizzou tied the game in the top of the third, Kansas posted a five-run fourth inning to take an 8-3 lead. Junior Andy Scholl led off the inning with a single and was followed by Schweitzer's second base hit of the night. Sophomore A.J. Van Slyke drew a walk from MU's Danny Hill to load the bases. Matt Baty took advantage of the situation and tripled to left-center field driving in all three runners. Four batters later, senior Matt Tribble doubled to drive in two more runs.

Scholl ended his night with a solo-homerun to lead off the fifth and extend the Kansas lead to 9-3. Missouri came back in the eighth by posting three runs off Zagurski. The Omaha, Neb., native picked up his fourth win of the season working a career-best 7.2 innings.

Kansas fought back after the Missouri eighth with two more runs on a two-run dinger from Ryan Baty, his eighth of the year. Sophomore Don Czyz, who relieved Zagurski in the eighth, finished the Tigers off in the ninth for the 11-6 win.

The Jayhawks continue the three-game conference series with Missouri tomorrow, May 15, at 6 p.m. in Hoglund Ballpark. Junior Clint Schambach will take the hill for KU and face MU's Garrett Broshuis. Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday call the action on ESPN Radio 1320 beginning 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

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