Kansas Shuts Out No. 14 Missouri, 3-0
April 29, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –
Sophomore Shaeffer Hall and junior Paul Smyth combined on a six-hit shut out, while Ryne Price hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season as Kansas earned a 3-0 victory over Border Showdown rival Missouri Tuesday evening in a non-conference game played at Kauffman Stadium.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Jayhawks, who will face the Tigers in a three-game Big 12 series beginning May 9, improve to 26-22 overall, while Missouri drops to 29-15. The shut out was KU’s first over a ranked opponent.
Hall, a native of <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Lee’s Summit, Mo., was dominant in his first start against a Big 12 opponent. The 6-foot-1 lefty scattered five hits over seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts to earn his third victory of the season.
The Kansas sophomore used a wide array of off-speed pitches to keep the Tigers off-balance. After working out of jams in the first and second inning, Hall retired 10 of the next 12 hitters he faced.
It was the sophomore’s best outing, since holding Xavier scoreless through seven innings on March 1 of this season.
KU’s offense provided its starting pitcher with the necessary run support. Senior Ryne Price hit a one-out home run to right field in the top of the second inning. After fouling off a few pitches early in the at-bat, the senior right fielder blasted Ian Berger’s two-strike pitch into the Missouri bullpen to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead.
The Jayhawks didn’t score again until the eighth inning, when John Allman stretched the lead to 3-0 with a two-run single. After Tony Thompson walked and Nick Faunce singled, sophomore Robby Price collected his NCAA-leading 23rd sacrifice bunt of the season to move both runners into scoring position.
After taking a pair of strikes, Allman lined a single up the middle off Tiger relief pitcher Nick Tepesch to clinch the game.
Junior Paul Smyth retired six of the seven hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth frames to clinch KU’s first shut out of its Border Showdown rival since 2000.
Allman led the offense with three hits and two RBIs, while Price’s 10th round-tripper of the season matches his single-season high.
The Jayhawks will look to carry the momentum into a weekend series with Big 12 foe Oklahoma. KU and the Sooners will open the three-game set Friday at 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.