Jayhawks fall to Texas Southern
MELISSA, Texas – Texas Southern southpaw Mason Furlong stymied the Jayhawk offense, as the Kansas baseball team dropped the night cap of a Saturday doubleheader to the Tigers, 8-3, at the Melissa Sports Complex.
Furlong (1-1) surrendered one hit in the top of the first inning to Kansas (4-3) leadoff man freshman Jack Wagner and then went on to pitch seven shutout innings. He then went back out and recorded two outs into the eighth, but a three-run home run to KU sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger ended his day after a 142-pitch effort.
Those two Kansas hits were half the total (4) Furlong gave up on the day and aided in the five-hit outing for the Jayhawks.
Texas Southern (1-6) tagged KU for four wind-aided home runs, including three off starter redshirt-freshman Eli Davis (0-1). In five innings, Davis allowed six runs, five earned, off eight hits while striking out four batters.
Wagner recorded two of the five his Kansas posted in his first-career start, while junior catcher Jaxx Groshans, junior left fielder Brett Vosik and Messinger each had one knock a piece.
- Freshman designated hitter Jack Wagner earned his first-career start notching his first two hits.
- Freshman righty Jake Adams made his collegiate debut and recorded three strikeouts in two innings of work.
- Sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger hit his second home run of the season and third of his career.
Kansas and Texas Southern wrap up the four-game series Sunday, Feb. 24 with an 11 a.m. first pitch. Fans can tune into a live audio broadcast on the Jayhawk Radio Network via KUAthletics.com/Radio.
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