Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Baseball Uses Homers to Down Wichita State 11-6

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Baseball Uses Homers to Down Wichita State 11-6

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LAWRENCE -- The home run ball sent the Kansas baseball team to a season sweep of in-state rival Wichita State.

Outfielder Dakota Smith hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give the Jayhawks a lead they would not surrender in an 11-6 victory over the Shockers on Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Matt Laughlin also added a two-run shot in the fourth for the Jayhawks (17-24), who have won eight straight games against the Shockers (14-26) dating back to April 30, 2013.

Shocker starter Reagan Biechler was chased in the third inning after allowing four runs, and McLaughlin's shot in the fourth came off WSU reliever Taylor Goshen.

"Obviously in a midweek game anytime you get into the bullpen, you get an advantage," Kansas coach Ritch Price said. "We've been swinging the bats really good and it carried over again tonight."

Kansas started the scoring in the first inning as left fielder Connor McKay roped a double in the right-center gap, driving in Justin Protacio, who opened the inning with a single and then advanced to second base on a fielding error.

The Shockers tied the game in the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Gunnar Troutwine walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch.

Wichita State's second run, coming in the third inning, was also scored without the benefit of a hit. Trey Vickers, the Shockers' No. 9 hitter, reached base on a two-base error, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a groundout.

"I really wasn't pleased with how we played defensively," Price said. "We had gone five or six games in a row without making an error. We kicked two routine plays defensively and in a rivalry series that usually leads to you getting beat."

KU regained the lead in their half of the third on Smith's homer. …

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