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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kansas baseball routs GCU, 7-1

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Freshman Jon Hander allowed just one run off five hits over seven innings for his first career win, and Kansas University beat Grand Canyon, 7-1, Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark to split a midweek nonconference baseball series.

A day after a tough two-run loss, the Jayhawks (23-16) collected 12 hits and jumped to a 5-0 lead after one inning.

“It was nice to see our offense bounce back after last night’s loss,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “We barreled up a lot of balls and found the gaps today. It is nice to get back on track.”

GCU fell to 19-16.

Kansas will travel Friday for the start of a three-game series at Oklahoma State.

Grand Canyon 000 010 000 — 1 6 1

Kansas 500 101 00x — 7 12 2

W — Jon Hander, 1-1. L — Joey Wise, 0-1.

2B — David Walker, Josh Meyer 2, GCU; Michael Suiter, Ka’Iana Eldredge, Kansas.

Kansas highlights — Hander 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K; Eldredge 3-for-4; Dakota Smith 2-for-3, 3 RBIs; Colby Wright, 2-for-4, 2 R; Suiter 2-for-4, 2 R.

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