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Sunday, March 6, 2016

KU baseball falls to BYU

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Kansas University’s baseball team yielded two runs in the ninth inning and fell to Brigham Young, 7-6, on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks (3-7) led 3-0 after four innings and 6-5 after eight.

In the top of the ninth, Stephen Villines surrendered a leadoff double to Colton Shaver, then Nate Favero homered to right field to put BYU ahead.

Shaver, who went 4-for-5, hit a three-run home run for BYU (10-1) in the fifth.

“That was the difference in this series,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “They hit the five home runs on Thursday night, and we lose 11-10. Then today, they clutched up with the two huge home runs — the three-run homer and the two-run homer.”

Rudy Karre and Matt McLaughlin homered for the Jayhawks.

“I thought our energy was really good the last three days,” McLaughlin said. “Any time you play a team like that, you have to have energy, and you have to bring it every day.”

Added Price: “I thought we bounced back once we got behind. We took the lead, and then they took the lead. To their credit, they swung the bats just about as good as they could have this weekend.”

Next up for the Jayhawks is Creighton at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

BYU 000 041 002 — 7 16 2

Kansas 003 012 000 — 6 6 0

W — Keaton Cenatiempo (1-0). L — Stephen Villines (2-1). Save — Mason Marshall (2).

2B — Eric Urry, Colton Shaver, BYU. HR — Shaver (2), Nate Favero (2), BYU; Rudy Karre (1), Matt McLaughlin (1), KU.

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