Nine players combined for a season-high 19 hits, and Kansas University’s baseball team defeated Dartmouth, 13-5, on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Six Jayhawks had multiple-hit games, with junior right fielder Connor McKay boasting a 3-for-5 performance, including a double, home run, four RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore second baseman Colby Wright (3-for-5), junior designated hitter Dakota Smith (3-for-5) and junior third baseman Aaron Hernandez (3-for-4) also had three hits apiece and at least two runs scored, with Wright scoring three times.
Kansas (15-7) called on its ace, junior left-hander Wes Benjamin (4-0), to start in game one of the three-game series against the Big Green (2-8). He tossed five innings, giving up nine hits and four runs.
Kansas 13, Dartmouth 5
Dartmouth 201 010 100 — 5 13 1
Kansas 200 600 05x — 13 19 0
W — Wes Benjamin, 4-0. L — Michael Danielak, 0-2.
2B — Matt Parisi, Jeff Keller, Joe Purritano, Nick Lombardi, D; Colby Wright, Michael Sulter, Connor KcKay, Dakota Smith, Blair Beck, Aaron Hernandez, KU. 3B — Smith, Hernandez, KU. HR — McKay, KU.
KU highlights — Wright 3-for-5; McKay 3-for-5, 4 RBIs; Smith 3-for-5, 3 RBIs; Justin Protacio, 2-for-5, 2 RBIs.