Kansas Baseball Holds First Team Practice of the Spring

Jan. 27, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite overcast skies, and temperatures in the 40’s, Kansas baseball embarked on its 2012 season with its first team practice of the spring Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks took infield and outfield and then held an eight-inning scrimmage in preparation for the season.

Under 10th-year head coach Ritch Price, the Jayhawks bring back a solid nucleus of talent for 2012. KU returns six position starters from a year ago, including senior outfielder Jason Brunansky, third baseman Zac Elgie, designated hitter Chris Manship, first baseman Jake Marasco, catcher James Stanfield and sophomore second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge.

On the mound, KU returns upperclassmen Jordan Jakubov, Matt Kohorst, Tanner Poppe and Thomas Taylor, who have all pitched multiple seasons for the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks also welcome in 12 freshmen that made up the 40th-ranked recruiting class in the country according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Several of those players figure to play prominent roles in 2012.

Price enters his 10th season at Kansas with a record of 299-250-2 with the Jayhawks. One more victory would make him just the second baseball coach in school history to amass 300 wins, joining Floyd Temple (438).

Price’s team will be looking to give him that win on Friday, Feb. 17 when the Jayhawks open the season at Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. KU’s first home game will be on March 6 against North Dakota.

Fans can be a part of the action at Hoglund Ballpark this season. Season tickets start as low as $80. WEF members will receive two priority points for purchasing season tickets. For more information on available season ticket packages call 1-800-34-Hawks or log onto kutickets.com.