Jayhawks Drop Service Academy Classic Finale, 2-1
Feb. 22, 2009
MILLINGTON, Tenn. –
Despite 6 1/3 strong innings from junior pitcher Cameron Selik, Kansas couldn’t find the clutch hits when it needed them in a 2-1 loss to Memphis Sunday in the final game of the Service Academy Classic at USA Stadium.
The Tigers scored single runs in the first and second innings to improve to 2-1, while the Jayhawks fell to 1-2.
Making his first start in a Kansas uniform, Selik, a junior transfer from Grossmont (Calif.) College gave up a solo home run in the top of the first and a run in the second on a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. After that, Selik retired 12 of the final 17 Tigers he faced.
The 6-foot-2 righty held Memphis to two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out four.
KU’s offense struggled with Memphis pitchers Brach Davis and Heith Hatfield, collecting just one run on three hits. The Jayhawks scored their lone run in the seventh on a wild pitch after David Narodowski and Tony Thompson started the inning with a walk and a single to center.
The Jayhawks left eight men on base, including the tying run in scoring position in each of the last three innings.
Lost in the equation was the brilliant job by KU’s bullpen. Relief pitchers Thomas Marcin and Colton Murray each pitched 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen and held the Tigers scoreless on two hits.
Kansas (1-2) will look to bounce back this week with a two-game series at No. 22 Arkansas, beginning Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark. Both games will be carried via audio webcast on kuathletics.com.