McNamara Leads Jayhawks to 6-0 Shutout of SEMO
April 25, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Kan. –
Junior Brendan McNamara tossed 6.1 innings of four-hit baseball to lead the University of Kansas to a 6-0 victory over Southeast Missouri State, Tuesday in a rain-shortened game at the Best of the Midwest Tournament at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The victory gave Kansas its 30th win of the season; the fourth straight season the Jayhawks have recorded 30-plus victories.
McNamara (2-1) struck out 10 Redhawks while allowing four hits and walking one before being lifted with one out in the seventh inning for freshman Andy Marks. Marks recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning before the game was called due to rain.
After scoring one run in the second inning off a sacrifice fly, the Jayhawks exploded for five fifth inning tallies. KU used four hits and two SEMO errors to take a 6-0 lead in the frame.
Sophomore Brock Simpson singled to lead off the inning and moved to third after Matt Baty reached on an error by SEMO’s shortstop. Baty then attempted to steal second base and on the pending run-down Simpson crossed home plate.
After Gus Milner walked, Erik Morrison recorded a single to left field and John Allman walked to load the bases. Jared Schweitzer reached on a fielding error by Redhawks’ third baseman Phillip Riley allowing two Jayhawks to score. Freshman Preston Land doubled home a run followed by an RBI single from catcher Buck Afenir.
Kansas (30-16, 9-9 Big 12) will play Creighton Wednesday, April 26, in its final game of the Best of the Midwest Tournament at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: Brendan McNamara’s 10 strikeouts are the most by a KU pitcher this season … Gus Milner hit clean up for the first time since April 12 (eight games) … Senior Ritchie Price has now hit in eight straight games while Milner has recorded a hit in six straight … KU is not 3-0 in Best of the Midwest games and 7-0 all-time vs. SEMO.