Minneapois Matt McLaughlin banged a home run in the top of the first inning to give Kansas University a quick, 1-0, lead but it was pretty much all downhill from there as the homestanding Minnesota Gophers pounded the Jayhawks, 19-7, Monday night.
Minnesota answered McLaughlin’s blast with five runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a pair of home runs and a triple off KU starter Jeremy Kravetz (1-1).
Kansas added a run in the second on a Colby Wright homer and pulled even in the top of the third, thanks to a 3-run home run off the bat of Michael Tinsley.
Minnesota added a pair of runs in each the third and fourth innings and bunched 10 runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to put the game out of sight..
The two teams will meet again today at 1:30 p.m.
Kansas 113 000 200 — 7 9 2
Minnesota 502 203 34x — 19 23 1
W — Ty McDevitt, (3-0). L — Jeremy Kravetz, (1-1).
2B — Joe Maroney, Owen Taylor, Kansas; Dan Motl, Toby Hanson, Matt Stemper, Riley Smith, Minnesota. 3B — Riley Smith, Minnesota. HR — Matt McLaughlin, Michael Tinsley, Colby Wright, Kansas; Dan Motl, Matt Fiedler, Austin Athmann, Micah Coffey, Minnesota.
KU Highlights — Matt McLaughlin, 2-for-3, 3R, RBI; Michael Tinsley, 1-for-5, R, 3 RBI; Colby Wright, 2-for-4, R, 3 RBI.