Jayhawks Down Saint Mary, 10-0

March 9, 2010


Freshman Tanner Poppe pitched five no-hit innings and earned his first collegiate victory, while junior Brian Heere recorded two doubles, a triple and four RBIs as Kansas knocked off Saint Mary, 10-0 in a non-conference baseball game played in rainy conditions at Hoglund Ballpark Tuesday.

The win, which improved Kansas to 8-3, was No. 250 at the University of Kansas for head coach Ritch Price. Price passed former Jayhawk coach Dave Bingham for the second-most victories at KU.

Price’s freshman pitcher, Poppe, helped him move up on the all-time wins list after working through some early wildness. The first-year righty went five innings and earned his first win in a Jayhawk uniform, allowing no runs on no hits.

He survived base runners in every inning until his final frame when he set the side down in order. Poppe allowed two walks and two hit batsmen, but struck out four.

The Jayhawks broke the game open in the third inning. Leading 1-0, Kansas batted around in the inning, led by Heere’s two-run triple following back-to-back hit batsmen. After he scored on a wild pitch, James Stanfield provided an RBI single to cap the four-run rally.

Heere added an RBI double in the fourth, while fellow Lawrence product Jordan Dreiling chipped in a two-run double in the fifth inning.

KU’s bullpen tandem of Jordan Jakubov, Scott Heitshusen and Thomas Marcin kept Saint Mary scoreless to preserve the Jayhawks’ first shutout of the season.

The Jayhawks (8-3) will play host to Tabor College Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark at 3 p.m.