KU baseball rips Wichita State

Thursday, May 7, 2009

— Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson hit his team-leading 15th home run and collected four RBIs, five different Kansas players collected two hits, and No. 23 Kansas beat Wichita State, 8-3, on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium

The victory earned KU baseball a season-series sweep of the Shockers for the first time since 2000. The Jayhawks improved to 34-16 overall, while Wichita State fell to 24-24.

Thompson’s 15th homer of the season, a two-out two-run shot to right field, gave KU the lead in the sixth. His 66th RBIs this season lead the Big 12 and are the fourth-most by a Kansas player in team history.

KU’s Lee Ridenhour earned his fifth victory of the season. Ridenhour went 51⁄3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Kansas relievers Travis Blankenship, Brett Bollman and Colton Murray held the Shockers scoreless over the final 22⁄3 innings.

The Jayhawks will travel to Missouri on Friday.