Kansas 10 Kentucky 6
Louisville, Ky. – Three hours and 22 minutes of weather delays didn’t faze the Jayhawks as the Kansas baseball team beat Kentucky at its own game, 10-6, using its big-time offense to silence the Wildcats Friday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium in game one of the NCAA Louisville Regional.
Kansas (35-24) faced a 20 minute lightning delay prior to first pitch, an hour suspension of play with two outs in the first inning and then a two hour and two minute postponement in the bottom of the fifth to tack on an extra three hours and 22 minutes against Kentucky (35-24) in an already three hour and 14 minute contest.
“That was one of the most unusual games I’ve ever been involved in,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen two delays as long as those two were, and I was really proud of the toughness our team showed and the competitiveness they showed to be able to fight through those delays and execute offensively.”
Louisville 5 Kent State 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore righthander Kyle Funkhouser had 10 strikeouts in eight strong innings to lead the top-seeded Louisville baseball team to a 5-0 victory over No. 4 seed Kent State on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium in the final game of the opening day of the NCAA Louisville Regional.
With the win, the Cardinals (46-15) advance to a winner’s bracket matchup against Kansas on Saturday at 5 p.m., ET, while the Golden Flashes (36-22) will face Kentucky in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s games will be available for purchase at 9 a.m., ET at the Jim Patterson Stadium ticket office.