Kansas Baseball Blanks Alabama A&M in Nightcap, 11-0

May 14, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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Three Kansas pitchers combined to shut out Alabama A&M on five hits, while the Jayhawks used an eight-run third inning to crush the Bulldogs, 11-0, Saturday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader at Hoglund Ballpark. KU took the first game 19-3.

The Jayhawks improved to 25-27 overall, while Alabama A&M dropped to 10-36. Saturday marked KU’s third doubleheader sweep of the season after turning the trick against Southern Utah (March 1) and Oklahoma State (March 20).

The Jayhawks scored eight times in the third inning to take a commanding lead. The eight-run inning was the biggest by a KU team since it also tallied an eight-spot against Oklahoma on May 3, 2008.

KU collected five hits in the frame and sent 14 men to the plate. Junior James Stanfield hit his second home run of the season, while fellow junior Zac Elgie laced a two-run double to provide the big hits.

That was more than enough support for the trio of freshman Alex Cox, senior Nolan Mansfield and freshman Tyler Smith, who did not allow a Bulldog base runner past second base in the game. Cox picked up his fourth victory of the year by scattering three hits to go with two strikeouts.

Freshmen Ka’iana Eldredge and Tucker Tharp each had two hits in the game, while Stanfield, Elgie and Tharp all recorded multi-RBI games.

Kansas and Alabama A&M will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with a single game at Hoglund Ballpark beginning at noon.