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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

KU baseball defeats Creighton in home opener

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The Kansas baseball team used timely at bats and solid pitching to earn its first home victory of the season, 3-2, against Creighton at Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday.

The Bluejays (4-6) attacked first, earning the lead after a double scored a run in the third inning. Kansas (6-6) was quick to respond, however.

In the bottom of the third, Nolan Metcalf reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman. It also allowed Casey Burnham to cross the plate and even the score for Kansas. Metcalf was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give KU a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

After Creighton tied the ballgame with a homer in the sixth, Kansas answered in the bottom of the seventh. Metcalf came through with a base knock to left, scoring Burnham to put the Jayhawks back on top for good.

Nathan Barry (1-1) and Blake Goldsberry each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Jonah Ulane struck out the side in the ninth to finish things off for KU.

Kansas will host Indiana State for a series this weekend.

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