Johnson, Missouri State Shut Down Kansas, 5-1
April 5, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Missouri State sophomore Pierce Johnson tossed a complete game six-hitter to lead the Bears to their first season sweep of Kansas since 2002 with a 5-1 triumph over the Jayhawks Tuesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.
KU drops to 12-16 overall, while Missouri State improves to 17-10.
Johnson pitched all nine innings, allowing just one run on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He became the first pitcher to record 10 K’s against a Kansas team since Texas A&M’s Barrett Loux fanned 10 Jayhawks on March 29, 2009.
KU scratched its run across in the ninth inning when Zac Elgie drew a one-out walk and James Stanfield singled to left to put runners at the corners. Senior Casey Lytle recorded the RBI with a ground out to second.
Kansas started Wally Marciel pitched six innings and recorded a season high seven strikeouts, but made two bad pitches. In the second inning, MSU designated hitter Tyler Paxson drove the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
After an error led to two runs in the fifth, Aaron Conway put Missouri State up 5-0 with a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth on a 3-1 pitch. It was all the offense the Bears would need.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back Wednesday when they take on Border Showdown rival Missouri at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.