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Sunday, February 23, 2020

KU baseball splits series with Charleston Southern

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The Kansas baseball team (4-3) used a quality start by Eli Davis and an unstoppable offensive attack to put away Charleston Southern (2-6), 9-1, in the fourth and final game of the series at Nielsen Field at CSU Ballpark.

The first pitch of the game was rocketed into right field by Casey Burnham for his first home run of the season and gave Kansas an immediate 1-0 edge.

CSU tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the third, but Davis quickly settled down. The southpaw didn’t allow another run to cross the plate in his six innings while striking out three.

Benjamin Sems led off the fourth inning with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout to give the Jayhawks a runner in scoring position with one out. An infield single by Skyler Messinger brought Sems home and broke the tie.

Kansas led an offensive attack in the top of the fifth and broke the game open with three runs in the inning. It started with a walk by Tom Lichty, who advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout. A single by Anthony Tulimero brought Lichty home.

Six Jayhawks recorded a hit while Nolan Metcalf and Tulimero drove in two runs each. Sems scored three runs and swiped a base, while Burnham recorded two runs.

Kansas travels to Greenville, S.C., to compete in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field against Michigan State, Ball State and Western Carolina next weekend.

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