Morovick, Jayhawks Blank Saint Mary, 3-0
April 3, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sophomore Drew Morovick and three Jayhawk relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, while senior Alex DeLeon drove in all three runs as Kansas knocked off Saint Mary, 3-0, in a non-conference game Wednesday night at chilly Hoglund Ballpark.
KU improved to 16-11 overall and recorded its sixth shutout of the season – the most since 1993. The Spires drop to 9-19 on the year.
Morovick looked sharp throughout his five innings of work, allowing just four singles and two walks to go along with three strikeouts for his second victory of the season. The second-year righty extended his streak to 17-straight innings without allowing a run. Since the 6-foot-5 hurler allowed four runs in his March 3 start against Eastern Michigan, he has made five consecutive scoreless appearances.
The Jayhawk bullpen tandem of sophomore Colin Toalson and juniors Junior Mustain and Jordan Piché tossed four hitless innings in relief of Morovick to complete the shutout. Piché fanned a pair of Spire hitters in the ninth to collect his fourth save.
KU’s offense did just enough to support its pitching staff Wednesday. DeLeon doubled home the Jayhawks’ first run in the third inning and recorded two more RBIs with a double in the fifth. It marked the senior’s team-best sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
Senior Kevin Kuntz went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base, while fellow senior Jordan Dreiling collected two hits and two stolen bases to give him 14 on the season. Dreiling’s 14 steals are the most by a Jayhawk since Casey Lytle swiped the same number of bags in 2010.
Kansas outhit the visitors, 10-4, but hit into three double plays and left nine men on base.
The Jayhawks will play their first conference game of the season at Hoglund Ballpark on Friday when they open a three-game series with No. 21 Oklahoma State at 6 p.m.
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