Duncan, Tharp Help Jayhawks Down Mississippi Valley State, 9-2
Feb. 24, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore pitcher Frank Duncan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, while fellow sophomore Tucker Tharp drove in three runs as Kansas opened the weekend with a 9-2 victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The Jayhawks claim their fourth-straight victory to open the season, while the Delta Devils fall to 0-4.
Duncan’s dominance on the mound was the story of the game. The 6-foot-4 sophomore righty did not allow a base hit until a one-out double by Joseph Germaine in the bottom of the seventh. Duncan went seven innings in the game and allowed one earned run on two hits with three walks and a career-high seven strikeouts.
He earned his second victory in as many starts after earning the win in KU’s season-opener against Middle Tennessee State last week.
KU’s offense used two big innings to aid its starting pitcher. With the Jayhawks clinging to a 1-0 lead, Tharp delivered a two-run triple down the right field line to plate Jake Marasco and Connor McKay, who had opened the inning with a base hit and a walk. Senior Zac Elgie gave KU a 4-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to right field, one of three on the day for the Jayhawks.
After MVSU scored two runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single and a Jayhawk error, KU responded with a run in the eighth and a three-run ninth.
Freshman Michael Suiter led the Kansas offense, going 3-for-3 for the second-straight game with a run scored, while McKay went 2-for-4 with his first collegiate home run to lead off the ballgame and three runs scored.
The Jayhawks will take on weekend host Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.