Grand Prairie, Texas Justin Protacio went 4-for-5 to lead Kansas University’s 18-hit effort in a 14-1, run-rule-shortened baseball victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday at QuikTrip Park.
Kansas improved to 11-1, the best start in school history, after the seven-inning victory on a 31-degree day.
Protacio, the Jayhawks’ leadoff hitter, had three RBIs and scored three runs.
Michael Suiter was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Michael Tinsley was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Ryan Pidhaichuk was 1-for-1 with a run and two RBIs.
Kansas scored at least a run in every inning and put up five runs in each the fourth and sixth frames.
Drew Morovick (3-0) picked up the win after allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings.
Kansas will host Creighton, weather permitting, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Houston Baptist 000 001 0 — 1 4 2
Kansas 111 515 x — 14 18 0
W — Drew Morovick, 3-0. L — Ross Kennell, 0-2.
2B — Michael Suiter, Joven Afenir, Jacob Boylan, Kansas. 3B — Jordan McCoy, HBU; Justin Protacio, Michael Tinsley, Blair Beck, Kansas.
Kansas highlights — Morovick 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K; Protacio 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBIs; Suiter 2-for-3, R, RBI; Tinsley 2-for-3, 3 RBIs.