Furman starting pitching blanks Jayhawks
GREENVILLE, S.C. – A strong start by Furman pitcher David Dunlavey stifled the Kansas offense in a 3-0 loss on Saturday evening at Latham Stadium.
Dunlavey (3-7) completed all nine innings against Kansas (21-20) and struck out nine batters. On 125 pitches, he only walked one batter.
Kansas redshirt junior starting pitcher Ryan Cyr (2-6) also put forth a complete-game effort, though, only needing 95 pitches to complete eight innings against the Paladins (18-25). Cyr allowed three runs in his quality start, but didn’t receive any run support and was dealt a loss.
The Jayhawks were only able to record two hits off of Dunlavey, coming from junior shortstop Benjamin Sems and sophomore pinch hitter Tom Lichty. Both hits were singles.
The game was played at a brisk pace due to the pitching dominance, clocking in at just one hour and 54 minutes.
- Kansas starting pitcher Ryan Cyr threw his third complete game of the year against Furman. Previously, he went the distance against West Virginia and St. John’s.
- Cyr matched his career high innings pitched total with eight against the Paladins.
- Kansas’ matchup against the Paladins lasted just one hour and 54 minutes. The last game the Jayhawks played under two hours in length was against Saint Johns on March 16, 2019, and also featured a complete-game effort by Cyr.
- That game also marked the fastest played since Kansas defeated Houston Baptist, 5-0, in 1:51 on March 1, 2014.
- Furman starting pitcher David Dunlavey threw six no-hit innings before the effort was squandered by Jayhawk shortstop Benjamin Sems in the seventh.
Head coach Ritch Price
On the performance of Furman starting pitcher David Dunlavey…
“I thought he did a really good job. The park played completely different than it did yesterday–the wind was blowing in, but that wasn’t a factor in the game. He absolutely dominated our hitters. His ability to pound the zone with that slider was one of the best performances we’ve seen in a while.”
On Kansas starting pitcher Ryan Cyr’s performance…
“It was a quality start for him, all we could have asked for, especially after using (Blake) Goldsberry and (Jonah) Ulane last night. For him to go CG and only allow three runs, he gave us as good of a performance as we could have asked for.”
On what he’s learned about Furman…
“I like their team. They’re very good offensively, and they have a very good combination of team speed. That’s obviously that kid’s best outing of the year today, but that’s what happens in this game. I’m just really disappointed in the quality of our at-bats.”
The Jayhawks will finish their series against Furman tomorrow at Latham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT).