KU baseball falls to Grand Canyon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Three walks, two passed balls and an error in a three-run seventh inning doomed Kansas University to a 5-3 nonconference baseball loss to Grand Canyon on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks (22-16) entered the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead before the Antelopes (19-15) capitalized on six KU miscues.

“Tonight is a classic example of taking a step backward,” Kansas coach Ritch Price said. “They got six hits and scored five runs. That is almost mathematically impossible to do. Obviously, we walked some guys and made two crucial errors and got to their best hitter who railed the ball with two outs to take the lead. That is what happens when you don’t take care of the baseball defensively and you walk guys at crucial times to get to their best hitters.”

The series will conclude with a single game at 6 tonight at Hoglund.

Grand Canyon 101 000 300 — 5 6 1

Kansas 001 011 000 — 3 9 3

W — Malcolm Purdy, 4-2. L — Dakota Smith, 1-2.

2B — Brian Kraft, GC; Justin Protacio, Smith, Ka’Iana Eldredge, KU. 3B —Chad De La Guerra, GC.

Kansas highlights — Tucker Tharp 2-for-3; Smith 2-for-4, SB, R; Michael Suiter 2-for-4, RBI.