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By Blake Schuster Twice in Kansas’ 8-1 loss to Oklahoma the Jayhawks had the Sooners in damage control — and both times the Jayhawks came up empty. In the bottom of the second inning, Kansas was able to load the bases with two outs. The Jayhawk lineup had been shaky all season — batting .248 on the year — but the top half of the order has been productive at getting men on base, and leadoff batter Tucker Tharp was strolling up to the plate. Tharp wasted little time in the batters box, ripping the first pitch he faced and sending it straight to the shortstop who promptly tossed the ball to first. Inning over….
By Blake Schuster Down 2-0 at the top of the fourth inning to the Oklahoma Sooners, the Jayhawks offense was looking for a spark. Unfortunately lightening wasn’t the spark they were hoping for. Instead Kansas’ weekend series opener was disrupted by a 98-minute rain delay. Kansas ended up falling to the Sooners 4-1 in Frank Duncan’s first start since tossing a complete game victory in Austin, Texas last Friday. Duncan got off to a rocky start giving up two runs on two hits while issuing two walks in the top of first. “That’s been my Achilles’ heel,” Duncan said of giving up early runs, yet the freshman responded by retiring 12 of the next 13…
By Blake Schuster As each Jayhawk raised their arms in victory the weight of an eight-game losing streak fell off their backs. The 16-inning loss, the double-digit spankings and the shutouts were officially behind the Kansas clubhouse — all because of a comeback. In the top of the first inning of the Jayhawks 5-3 win over the #2 Aggies, Thomas Taylor walked consecutive batters with two outs before giving up a single through the middle that scored Tyler Naquin from second base. But instead of unraveling, as the Jayhawks have done of late when mistakes lead to runs, Taylor regrouped to strikeout Brandon Wood. The momentum from the bounce back stuck with Kansas at the…
By Blake Schuster With the season beginning to slip away Kansas coach Ritch Price needed to spark his team. The Jayhawks were 10-12 on March 24th and had just dropped two games to Big 12 rival Baylor. With a lineup that was lagging at the plate Price dropped sophomore Tucker Tharp to the nine hole, looking to put some speed at the back end and hopefully get Tharp some hittable pitches. But the move did more than just ignite Tharp, junior Kevin Kuntz — who batted leadoff — was starting to get on base more as well. In their next six games, Tharp batted .350 and Kuntz hit .260 right behind him. The progress left…