PAPILLION, Neb. — Kansas erased a late lead by the Omaha baseball team with an eight-run ninth inning Tuesday night, as the Mavericks fell 9-5 at Werner Park. Omaha is now 11-18 on the season, while KU improves to 19-13.
Zack Leban (2-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 2.2 innings with two runs on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Jake Pennington (2-5) took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 2.2 innings.
Brett Vosik was 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI to lead KU, and Owen Taylor came off the bench to drive in three runs.
Omaha wasted no time in building an early 1-0 lead with an RBI double to right center by Suponchick in the first. The Mavericks added another run in the third with an RBI double to left center by Braden Rogers for a 2-0 advantage. The lead extended to 3-0 in the fifth when Thibodeau led off with a standup triple to the track in center and scored on a Rogers sacrifice fly.
KU trimmed it to 3-1 in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs before a catcher’s interference call allowed Jaxx Groshans to score.
Omaha maintained its two-run lead until the eighth, when Caniglia launched his two-run shot to left for a commanding 5-1 advantage heading to the final frame.
But KU mounted its comeback with two outs in the top of the ninth, plating eight runs on six hits and an error. Rudy Karre’s pinch-hit single and another single by David Kyriacou helped the Jayhawks put runners on the corners, and an RBI single by Groshans followed by a two-run double to the left center gap by Brett Vosik eventually made it a one-run game at 5-4. Two batters later, Brendt Citta flared a bloop RBI single into short right to tie it at 5-5, and a Maverick fielding error later allowed Devin Foyle to score to put the Jayhawks in front, 6-5. Owen Taylor followed with a three-run homer to deep left, which pushed the final tally to 9-5.
Omaha resumes Summit League action this weekend, opening a three-game series at Western Illinois on Friday, April 13. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.