Poulson, BYU Shut Out Kansas, 3-0
March 20, 2013
PROVO, Utah – BYU junior Desmond Poulson tossed a five-hit shutout, while leadoff hitter Jacob Hannemann went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI as the Cougars blanked Kansas, 3-0, in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday night at Miller Park.
The Jayhawks fall to 13-7 on the year, while BYU snaps a four-game losing streak and moves to 10-11.
Poulson was the story in the opening game of the four-game series Wednesday night. The junior right-handed pitcher held the Jayhawks scoreless on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. He recorded his second shutout of the season after blanking Northern Colorado on opening day. It also marked the first time KU has been shut out this year.
BYU broke KU’s 21 2/3 scoreless inning streak in the fifth inning with four extra base hits in frame. Designated hitter led off the inning with a double and came in to score on Hannemann’s RBI triple to the gap in right-center field. Brennon Anderson then doubled home Hannemann and came around to score after an error by the Jayhawk infield.
That was all the run support that Poulson would need. KU’s biggest threat came in the ninth inning when, with two outs, Justin Protacio singled and Jordan Dreiling walked to bring the tying run to the plate. However, Poulson fanned freshman Jacob Boylan with a change-up on a 1-2 pitch to end the game.
Jayhawk senior pitcher Tanner Poppe matched the BYU through the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Poppe took his first loss of the year, going 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
KU’s offense produced just five singles in the game by five different players. Dreiling kept his on-base streak alive with a single in the fourth and a walk in the ninth, and has now reached base in all 20 games this season.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back in game two of the series Thursday night at Miller Park at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on BYUtv.
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