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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kansas baseball upends UT, 3-2

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— Kansas University’s Jordan Piché struck out Jeremy Montalbano with the tying run on third base to preserve Kansas University’s 3-2 Big 12 baseball victory over No. 10-ranked Texas on Friday.

Piché earned his third save of the season in the league opener for both teams and made a winner of Wes Benjamin (3-0).

Benjamin allowed just two runs off six hits over 82⁄3 innings.

“He was really special,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “One of the things I was really pleased with was the use of his changeup. It was just outstanding to both the right-handed guys and the left handed guys. He was able to get ahead and they were really aggressive.”

The Jayhawks (13-4, 1-0) took a 2-0 lead in the first. Justin Protacio led off with a single and moved to second on Tommy Mirabelli’s sacrifice. After Michael Suiter walked, Connor McKay singled in a run. Tucker Tharp drove in Suiter with a sacrifice fly.

Kansas scored the winning run in the fifth, after Mirabelli walked, moved to second on Suiter’s single and scored on McKay’s single.

Texas fell to 14-5, 0-1.

The series will conclude with single games at 1 p.m. today and Sunday.

Kansas 200 010 000 — 3 10 1

Texas 000 100 001 — 2 6 0

W — Wes Benjamin, 3-0. L — Parker French, 2-2. Sv — Jordan Piché, 3.

2B — Ben Johnson, C.J. Hinojosa, Texas.

Kansas highlights — Benjamin 82⁄3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K; Piché 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 1 K; Connor McKay 4-for-5, RBI; Justin Protacio 2-for-5, R.

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