KU baseball tops No. 20 St. John's in series opener

The Kansas baseball team produced seven hits and six runs against St. John's All-American pitcher Sean Mooney and earned a 7-4 victory at Hoglund Ballpark on Friday in the series opener.

The Jayhawks scored five runs in the third inning, helped by a two-run homer from Owen Taylor and an RBI double by James Cosentino.

KU (9-4) will continue its three-game series against No. 20-ranked St. John's at 2 p.m. today.

St. John's 030 100 000 – 4 5 1

Kansas 005 010 01x – 7 12 3

W – Jackson Goddard (4-0). L – Sean Mooney (3-1). S – Zack Leban (6).

2B – Shaw, SJU; Cosentino, Sems, KU. 3B – Karre, KU. HR – Taylor, KU.

KU highlights – Rudy Karre, 4-for-5, 2 runs, RBI; Jaxx Groshans, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 10-game hitting streak; Benjamin Sems, 2-for-4, run.