Kansas defeated Coastal Carolina 5-1 in the afternoon game. The win eliminates the Chanticleers (47-16) and allows Kansas (39-23) to advance to the afternoon game vs. North Carolina (44-16). First pitch of the KU – UNC game will be 4PM.
You can watch the game live here.
The afternoon game was a white knuckle pitching duel through six innings. KU scored a single run in the bottom of the first inning on a Robby Price walk and a Brian Heere single. Cameron Selik controlled the powerful CCU offense all afternoon but KU failed to extend their lead multiple times. CCU tied up the game at one in the top of the seventh on Jose Iglesias’s solo homerun. Selik was pulled after 6.2 innings of three hit, one run baseball.
Kansas finally broke the game open by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Tony Thompson hit a leadoff double. A Nick Faunce walk and Zac Elgie single loaded the bases. James Stanfield broke the tie with an RBI ground out. David Narodowski delivered a two out single to bring home two insurance runs and stake the Jayhawks to a 4-1 lead. KU added another run in the bottom of the 8th on Tony Thompson’s 20th homerun of the year.
Brett Bochy (6-0) pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game for the win.
If Kansas loses this afternoon to North Carolina the Tar Heels will move on the next round. If KU wins the two teams will meet again Monday afternoon in an elimination game.
North Carolina 12 - Kansas 1 FINAL.
This end KU's season. The Jayhawks had a great year. They finish 39-24 and performed well in the tournament, going 2-2. I'll be posting a few wrap up stories in the next week. Congratulations to the team and Head Coach Ritch Price on a very solid 2009 campaign.