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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Mexico rallies past Kansas baseball

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— Kansas University scored four runs in the first three innings combined, but New Mexico scored five in the eighth alone in a 10-4 Lobos baseball victory on Wednesday at Lobo Field.

KU (14-7) scored two in the first and two more in the third for a 4-0 lead, but UNM (14-7-1) answered with two in the fourth, three in the fifth and five insurance runs scored in the eighth.

Kansas freshman Jon Hander made his first career start and surrendered two runs off four hits with a pair of walks in 41⁄3 innings. Junior Taylor Rappaport (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs off three hits over two-thirds of an inning.

The Lobos also roughed up KU closer Jordan Piché, who gave up five earned runs off five hits over just one inning.

KU managed eight hits on the day, but only Michael Suiter (2-for-4) had more than one.

New Mexico swept the two-game midweek nonconference series.

Kansas will host Dartmouth on Friday in the first game of a three-game series. Originally slated to begin at 3 p.m., Friday’s game was pushed back to 6 p.m. to accommodate viewing of the KU men’s basketball game in the NCAA Tournament.

The teams also will play at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Kansas 202 000 000 — 4 8 1

New Mexico 000 230 05x — 10 13 0

W — A.J. Carman, 2-0. L — Taylor Rappaport, 0-1.

2B — Michael Suiter, KU; John Pustay, Alex Real, New Mexico.

Kansas highlights — Suiter 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI.

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