Fall Ball Report - Oct. 10

Oct. 10, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Kansas baseball wrapped up its third week of fall practices Sunday with a scrimmage at Hoglund Ballpark. Junior Chris Manship hit another home run – his second of the fall, while seniors Jimmy Waters and Casey Lytle each had a pair of hits.

On the mound, senior Wally Marciel and sophomore Jordan Jakubov made strong starts. Marciel went five innings, and allowed just one run on three hits.

“I’ve been pleased with some aspects of the game, but disappointed with other aspects,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “Obviously we lost six players to the professional draft, and we’ll probably be one of the youngest teams in our conference, but we’re making too many mental mistakes and not making adjustments.”

“I think we’ve played pretty well defensively (the last two weeks), and our catchers have made tremendous strides this fall. That’s a huge upgrade over a year ago. That’s been the pleasant surprise of the fall – how much (Alex) DeLeon has improved from over a year ago, (James) Stanfield has improved and Ka’iana Eldredge has one of the best arms I’ve seen in my coaching career. The fact that we have three guys who are able to play at a high level back there is something that we’ve never had before.”

The Jayhawks will practice Tuesday and Wednesday of this week before taking a four days off for Fall Break.

“I think we have to get better. We need to do a better job of being fastball efficient at the plate,” Price said. “We’re not taking the fastball away, and taking too many called strikes on the breaking ball. From my perspective, our young guys have a long ways to go to be able to compete at this level. Right now, that’s the most glaring weakness on our club.”