Jayhawks Blast Tech 14-3

LAWRENCE, Kan.--Kansas exploded for a combined nine runs in the third and fourth innings en route to a 14-3 win over <b>Tech</b> on Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.<p> <br>

Junior right fielder Travis McElroy, making his first career start, put Tech (25-16, 8-11) on the board in the top of the second inning with a solo home run. The Raiders later tacked on two more runs in the inning on a fielding error and a sacrifice fly by junior left fielder Scooter Jordan.

Kansas (16-15, 3-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the third on four hits, a catcher's interference call and a hit-by-pitch.

Matt Harbin replaced starter Chris Phillips during the inning, which marked the shortest outing of his career.

Kansas added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Ryan Baty, which plated Matt Tribble from first. Ryan Klocksien drove in Baty from second with a single to left center and Cole Armstrong busted it open with a two-RBI single, which gave the Jayhawks a 10-3 lead.

Phillips (4-3) suffered the loss, surrendering five earned runs on six hits in only two innings.

Jeff Davis (5-1) pitched his second straight complete game and earned the victory for Kansas.

Tech and Kansas will play the second game of the three-game series at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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