First Weekend of Fall Ball Successful for Kansas Baseball
Oct. 5, 2004
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas baseball team started fall scrimmages over the weekend, completing in four intrasquad games at Hoglund Ballpark. In addition to the scrimmages, Jayhawk baseball showcased its underclassmen talent to over 20 professional scouts on Monday as a part of Scout Day.
During the weekend, several players posted impressive outings on the mound. Sophomore Sean Land, who was clocked as high as 90 mph on the radar gun, pitched five innings during the weekend and allowed only one hit, while striking out three batters.
“Overall, I was very pleased with Sean’s outing,” said head coach Ritch Price. “He has shown a lot of progress from last season to this fall. He showed good command of three pitches and was dominating on the mound.”
Freshman left-handed pitcher Logan Murphy threw seven innings over the weekend and held the batters to only five hits and recorded eight strikeouts while issuing only two walks. Junior Kodiak Quick, a transfer from Stanford, threw a couple of innings, posting four strikeouts and no walks, while yielding only one hit. Quick show good velocity at the plate, repeatedly hitting 90 mph on the radar gun
At the plate, freshman infielder Matt Berner got off to a hot start, collecting five hits, including a double and a home run in nine at-bats. Fellow freshman John Allman, an outfielder from St. Louis, Mo., was also impressive at the plate, posting four hits in eight at bats for a .500 batting average.
Senior catcher Sean Richardson was among the returners that posted a big weekend. The Vista, Calif., native collected three singles and a double in nine at bats for a .444 average. Junior shortstop Ritch Price posted a .375 batting average after singling twice and doubling once in eight at bats over the weekend, while senior infielder Travis Dunlap led the team with two doubles and posted a .364 average.
Fall ball will continue this weekend for Kansas as it will participate in intrasquad scrimmages (open to the public) for five consecutive days. The series will begin on Friday as Kansas baseball invites the parents of its players out to Hoglund Ballpark for the Parents’ Day scrimmage, which begins at 6 p.m. The action will continue on Saturday and Sunday when the team takes the field for scrimmages on each day beginning at 1 p.m. On Oct. 11 and 12, the Jayhawks conclude the second series of fall ball with scrimages at 3 pm.