Jayhawks Shutout USM, 6-0

May 2, 2006

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The University of Kansas defeated the University of Saint Mary, 6-0, Tuesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark. The win improved KU to 33-18 on the season while the loss dropped the Spiers, from nearby Leavenworth, Kan., to 26-22.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Jayhawks jumped on the scoreboard first by scoring twice in the second inning. Sophomore John Allman began the frame with a walk and then advanced to second on a pass ball. With Allman in scoring position, sophomore Eric Morrison delivered an RBI double to give KU its first run of the game. Freshman Buck Afenir capped the scoring when he reached on an error allowing Morrison to score.

Morrison led off the fourth inning with a walk. Freshman Preston Land followed with a long double off the center field wall that scored Morrison. Sophomore Brock Simpson tripled home Land extending the KU lead to four.

Again, Afenir capped the three-run inning with an RBI sacrifice fly that scored Simpson. The Escondido, Calif. native smacked a run scoring double in the sixth and finished with two RBI on the evening.

Junior Sean Land (5-6) took the hill for the `Hawks and pitched effectively in a pre-determined three innings of work to pick up his fifth win of the season. The lefty did not allow a hit and fanned four Spiers.

Freshmen Nick Czyz, Andy Marks and Ryan Anthony along with sophomore Matt Lane all came out of the bullpen and combined to throw six innings of shutout relief. The four relievers allowed only four hits and struck out six.

USM threw a different pitcher in every inning while KU used 21 players in the game. KU did not commit an error in the game and had six different players record a hit.

Kansas will travel to Austin, Texas, to face the 7th-ranked Longhorns beginning Friday, May 5 at 6:15 p.m. Saturday’s game will start at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: With the win, KU improved its record to 7-0 in midweek games … Second baseman Ryne Price entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning and was on-deck when the game ended … Freshman Ryan Anthony struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning … Freshman Andy Marks didn’t allow a hit and struck out two in 2.0 innings … Matt Lane faced the minimum in the ninth inning … Brock Simpson hit his fourth double of the game to tie Gus Milner for the team lead … Matt Baty stole his seventh base of the season to capture the team lead.