Jayhawks Blanked by Notre Dame, 1-0
March 16, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Sophomore starting pitcher Frank Duncan allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, but he was outdueled by Notre Dame starter Will Hudgins, who pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Fighting Irish blanked the Jayhawks, 1-0, Friday afternoon in the second day of the Irish Baseball Classic at Wolff Stadium.
The Jayhawks, who dropped a one-run game to Indiana State Thursday, fall to 8-9 on the season, while the Irish improve to 10-5.
For the second-straight day, Kansas put men on base, but could not come up with the big hit and wasted a brilliant performance by its starting pitcher.
Duncan, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, had the Fighting Irish hitters off-balance the entire afternoon. He scattered four hits over seven innings for his second quality start of the season. The right-handed pitcher walked four and struck out five in the contest.
Duncan gave up the only run in the second inning when, following a single, a fielder’s choice and a walk, center fielder Alex Robinson knocked a single up the middle to score Joe Hudson from second base.
Hudgins, Notre Dame’s senior right-handed pitcher, made the run stand up as he shut out the Jayhawks on six hits. The senior, who blanked Michigan in his last start, did not walk anybody and struck out eight Jayhawk hitters Friday.
KU’s best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when Zac Elgie led off with a double and moved to third on a one-out single by Jake Marasco. However, Hudgins induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Tucker Tharp to end the inning.
Tharp did lead the Jayhawk offense with two hits on the day, while Elgie had the only extra base knock for either team. KU left six on base in the contest and got the leadoff man on in each of the last four innings against Hudgins, but could not score.
Kansas will look to bounce back Saturday against Houston Baptist at 4 p.m. in its third game of the tournament. KU will take on either Houston Baptist or Indiana State in the consolation game on Sunday at 11 a.m.