⚾️ Adams, Ahuna Lead KU Past Shockers

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Wichita State Shockers 14-2 on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Jake Adams threw a career-high seven innings and sophomore shortstop Maui Ahuna matched his career high with five RBIs.

Win: Jake Adams (2-0)
Final line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 SO

Loss: Jace Miner (0-1)
Final line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 SO

• Kansas took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ahuna had an RBI groundout and redshirt freshman outfielder Jack Hammond hit a 2-run homer.
• Wichita State cut the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the third inning.
• Three more runs in the fifth stretched out the KU lead to 6-1. Sophomore second baseman Tavian Josenberger hit an RBI single, freshman infielder Payton had an RBI groundout and redshirt senior catcher Nolan Metcalf delivered an RBI single.
• Wichita State’s Chuck Ingram homered in the sixth inning to make the score 6-2.
• Kansas secured the game with five runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to push the score to 14-2.

Jake Adams started his second career game on Wednesday. Adams threw a quality start by tossing seven innings and only allowing two runs. Adams’ seven innings were a career high and he also recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. Adams struck out the final batter he faced on his 110th pitch.

“In the conditions we played in today, we got a fabulous start from Jake Adams. I was really proud of our team’s performance and how hard they played on a day that was really hard to compete. We showed some Kansas toughness today.” – Head Coach Ritch Price

Hammond’s first inning home run was hit 396 feet according to TrackMan data. The exit velocity was 96 MPH and the launch angle was 32 degrees.

• Kansas scored a season-high 14 runs.
• Kansas improved to 1-1 at Hoglund Ballpark this season.
• Kansas’ bullpen has not allowed an earned run in its last four games (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO).
• The Kansas pitching staff recorded 10 strikeouts. That is the sixth game this season that KU has recorded at least 10 strikeouts.
• Jake Adams threw a career-high seven innings and struck out a career-high eight batters.
• Maui Ahuna went 2-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs. He has a conference-most four triples this season and his five RBIs match a career high.
• Ahuna has 12 multi-hit performances through the first 23 games.
• Jack Hammond hit his third home run of the season in the first inning, tied for the most on the team.
• Payton Allen drove in his first two career RBIs with a 2-run double in the sixth inning.
• Nolan Metcalf had his sixth multi-hit game of the season. He finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
• Tyler Gerety made his first career start. He played center field and went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

Kansas (9-14) will host its first conference series of the season at Hoglund Ballpark with a three-game set against No. 4 Texas Tech beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets for the games can be purchased here. All three games will be streamed live on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+ and the Jayhawk Sports Network.