By Blake Schuster A week ago the Jayhawks were cruising at 32,000 feet, riding a 5-2 record, celebrating on a Southwest flight from Mississippi to Kansas by helping the stewards’ pass out snacks to fellow travelers. This weekend, they scurried home from the UTSA Classic looking to recover from a three-game shelling that dropped Kansas to 5-5. Sophomore pitcher Frank Duncan was torn apart in a five-hit, four-run first inning on Friday night against the UTSA Roadrunners, putting Kansas in a hole to start out the tournament. Duncan recovered to throw five more scoreless innings, but it was clear UTSA figured out his fastball. “They were on time with his fastball,” Kansas coach Ritch Price…
By Blake Schuster As a freshman and native from Girard, Kan., Tanner Poppe started nine games with a 5.25 ERA. As a sophomore, he improved, making 13 starts with a 3.66 ERA. Currently, as a one Kansas’ more reliable arms, he finds himself in the bullpen as the Jayhawk’s closer — as far from starting as he can get. The reason behind the switch isn’t hard to figure out. In 2011, Kansas gave up 46 third inning runs, and 42 eighth inning runs. With starters getting beat up early, and not enough bullpen arms to last — as well as the graduation of former closer Colton Murray — coach Ritch Price made the call. He…
By Blake Schuster The definition of weakness depends on the perception of the flaw. Take the Kansas baseball team for instance. When senior third baseman Zac Elgie, and senior catcher James Stanfield were asked about their lineup’s struggles with hitting breaking balls, their answers were identical. Both said the season was too young to believe that it was a problem — they’d come around.
By Blake Schuster Riding their best start since the 2007 season, the Kansas Jayhawks (5-2) flocked south to Mississippi for the weekend where they would ultimately be handed their first and second loss of the season against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Kansas Jayhawks dropped a well-pitched game to Mississippi State, 1-0, as KU ends its 4-0 run to open the season.
The Jayhawks improve to 4-0 with a 9-2 victory over Mississippi Valley State.
By Blake Schuster When coach Ritch Price was asked about not opening up against the number one team in the nation — as was the case last year against Texas Christian University — Price said that he came to Kansas to play against top ranked teams.
Junior Thomas Taylor pitched 8.1 innings as the Jayhawks defeated the Belmont Bruins 2-0 in the Music City Classic while Kansas opens up their season on a three-game win streak.
KU defeated Bowling Green 3-1 in a well-pitched game in Nashville, Tenn., at the Music City Classic.
By Blake Schuster The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 7-3 in their season opener, as head coach Ritch Price recorded his 300th career victory with Kansas.